29.05.2006 -

First Conference on Traditional Medicine and Pharmacy in Medieval Manuscripts

Medieval manuscripts

Medieval manuscripts

The first international conference on the theme “Traditional Medicine and Pharmacy in Medieval Manuscripts” will take place from 12 to 14 June 2006 in Baku, Azerbaijan.

The first international conference on the theme “Traditional Medicine and Pharmacy in Medieval Manuscripts” will take place from 12 to 14 June 2006 in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Organized in cooperation with Heydar Aliyev Foundation and Washington Sciences Academy, the conference was inspired by the inscription on UNESCO's Memory of the World Register of the 'Medieval manuscripts on medicine and pharmacy' held by the Institute of Manuscripts of the Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences (IMANAS).

Manuscripts like these, created as a result of intellectual endeavour, are priceless treasures that should be safeguarded for future use. Hundreds of thousands of written monuments, created over thousands of years, provide historical, artistic, cultural and scientific testimony of the past: its achievements and discoveries; difficulties and historical mistakes. Unfortunately, as many manuscripts are unpublished or hard to locate, there is an urgent need for combined research and analysis of the majority of the manuscript heritage of the world.

The conference will address part of this issue by discussing medieval medicine manuscripts, ancient and medieval pharmacy, medicine in classic literature and art, folk medicine and other subjects. It takes its cue from the 'Medieval manuscripts on medicine and pharmacy' inscribed on the Memory of the World Register. The inscription concerns a unique collection of medical manuscripts containing information and images on complex medicines, medieval surgical instruments as well as pharmaceutical descriptions of hundreds of natural medicines, plants, minerals and animal substances.

The Memory of the World Programme was established as a global framework for the protection and promotion of the documentary heritage, in any form, by raising awareness of the problems associated with its preservation and enabling access to content. The Register, which lends visibility and focus to memory preservation, currently lists 120 items from 57 countries judged to be of world significance.

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Website of the 1st International Conference “Traditional medicine and pharmacy in the medieval manuscripts”  http://www.medical-manuscripts.az/main_e.html




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