Plantas medicinales: el DioscÃrides renovado by Pio Font Quer
Plantas medicinales: el DioscÃrides renovado is a classic book on medicinal plants by Pio Font Quer, a Spanish botanist and pharmacologist. The book was first published in 1962 and has been reprinted several times since then. It is based on the work of Dioscorides, a Greek physician and botanist who wrote De Materia Medica, a comprehensive treatise on herbal medicine in the first century AD.
The book contains descriptions, illustrations, and uses of more than 1,000 plants, many of them native to the Iberian Peninsula and the Mediterranean region. It also includes information on the history, chemistry, pharmacology, and folklore of the plants. The book is considered a reference work for botanists, pharmacists, physicians, and herbalists who are interested in the traditional and scientific knowledge of medicinal plants.
Plantas medicinales: el DioscÃrides renovado is not available for free online in PDF format. However, some editions of the book can be found in libraries or purchased from online bookstores. For example, according to WorldCat[^1^], the 2016 edition of the book can be found in 94 libraries around the world. Alternatively, according to Semantic Scholar[^2^], the 1999 edition of the book has been cited by 259 publications in various fields of biology.
Not only was Font Quer a prolific writer and researcher, but he was also a remarkable collector of plant specimens. He amassed a personal herbarium of more than 80,000 specimens, which he donated to the Botanical Institute of Barcelona in 1935. He also contributed to other herbaria around the world, such as the British Museum (BM), the Royal Botanic Gardens (K), and the MusÃum National d'Histoire Naturelle (P). He described more than 200 new taxa of plants, many of them endemic to Spain and Morocco. He also collaborated with other eminent botanists of his time, such as RenÃ Maire, Roger-Guy Werner, Carlos Pau, and his wife Emilia Civit.
Font Quer's life was marked by political turmoil and personal hardship. He witnessed the dictatorship of Primo de Rivera (1923-1930), the Second Spanish Republic (1931-1939), the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), and the Francoist regime (1939-1975). He was a supporter of Catalan autonomy and culture, and a member of the Institut d'Estudis Catalans. He suffered persecution and imprisonment by the Francoist authorities for his political views and his involvement in the defense of Barcelona during the war. He was also affected by the death of his son Manuel in 1942 and his wife Emilia in 1954.
Despite all these difficulties, Font Quer never gave up his passion for botany and continued to work until his death in 1964. He left behind a legacy of scientific excellence and cultural relevance that is still recognized today. He is considered the greatest Catalan botanist of all time and one of the most influential figures in Spanish botany. He is honored by several monuments, streets, schools, and institutions that bear his name. He is also commemorated by several plant genera and species that are named after him, such as Fontqueria, Fontqueriella, Armeria fontqueri, Centaurea fontqueri, and Narcissus fontqueri. ec8f644aee