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Czapla, Grant [1], Buchanan, Ashley [2], Krakos, Kyra [3].

The use and analysis of Paoenia officinalis from the records of Anna Maria Luisa de’ Medici in the Medici archives in Florence, Italy.

This is an historical ethno botanical study focusing on the use of Paeonia officinalis by Anna Maria Luisa de’ Medici (1667-1716). In Florence, Italy, the Medici Archives house the correspondence and documentation of the ruling house of Medici in the 15th and 16th century. Recent translations have provided documentation of the use of P. officinalis as a key recipe promoted by Anna Maria as a treatment for childhood fevers. In this study we document the pre-Linnean taxonomy of P. officinalis, compare past and present medicinal uses, and examine the known biochemistry of this species. This research was conducted both in collaboration with the Medici Archives and at the Missouri Botanical Garden Raven Library. We find that the use of P. officinalis has multiple sources of folk medicine documentation, and has biochemical properties consistent with potential efficacy for medicinal effects.

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1 - Maryville University, Biology, 650 Maryville University Drive, St. Louis, MO, 63131, USA
2 - University of South Florida, History, 4202 E. Fowler Avenue, Tampa, FL, 33620, USA
3 - Maryville University, 650 Maryville University Drive, St. Louis, MO, 63131, US

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Presentation Type: Oral Paper
Session: 41, Ethnobotany
Location: 109/Mayo Civic Center
Date: Wednesday, July 25th, 2018
Time: 11:15 AM
Number: 41005
Abstract ID:713
Candidate for Awards:None

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