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Emanuela Appetiti

Emanuela Appetiti

Research Collaborator

Phone: 202-633-0967
Fax: 202-786-2563
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Washington, DC 20013-7012

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Washington, DC 20560-0166

Areas of Specialty
     Emanuela Appetiti graduated in Sociology, with a specialization in Ethno-Anthropology, at La Sapienza University, in Rome, Italy. She is interested in hunter-gatherers, with a special focus on Australian Aboriginal cultures (Central Desert area). She has done research in several institutions throughout the world and is now a Scientific Program Specialist in the Botany Department, where she works in collaboration with Alain Touwaide on several research programs on traditional medicine and ethnobotany in the Mediterranean basin. She has been working on "Medicinal Plants of Antiquity" since its inception, a program that will lead, among other, to a website on plant illustrations gathered from Renaissance Herbals (15th and 16th century printed books). She is also in charge of the "Historia Plantarum", a collection of around 15,000 books devoted to the history of botany and medicine. Since 2007, she has been the CEO of the newly created "Institute for the Preservation of Medical Traditions", based in Washington DC. She has authored articles on aspects of traditional cultures, in particular Aboriginal traditional medicine and is a member of the Editorial Board of the "Current Bibliography", the supplement of ISIS (the official journal of the History of Science Society) and of the Journal of the Washington Academy of Sciences.

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Institute for the Preservation of Medical Traditions

Recent Publications - (All Publications)

Touwaide, Alain and Appetiti, Emanuela 2015. Food and Medicines in the Mediterranean tradition A Systematic Analysis of the Earliest Extant Body of Textual Evidence. Journal of ethnopharmacology, 167: 11-29. doi:10.1016/j.jep.2014.10.035

Appetiti, Emanuela 2013. Translatio Studiorum in the Activity of the Institute for the Preservation of Medical Traditions. Medievalia, 16: 13-21.

Touwaide, Alain and Appetiti, Emanuela 2013. Knowledge of Eastern materia medica (Indian and Chinese) in pre-modern Mediterranean medical traditions: A study in comparative historical ethnopharmacology. Journal of Ethnopharmacology, 148: 361-378.

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