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Medicinal plants are currently the object of multiple works, many of which rely on tradition(s). The further this trend goes, the more critical the question(s) it raises: what does it actually mean to rely on traditions, what does it imply, what methods are required to take advantage of traditions in a reliable way? And, more than anything else, what are the possibilities to generate the new medicines that are urgently needed? Although not all works contribute to the debate with an equal success, all have at least the merit to open a debate and to provide food for thought.

From the Clash of Cultures to the present globalization, the pendulum of historical interpretations hesitates. A host of new (and some less new) publications suggests that reality was much more complex, at least in the field of medical traditions and sciences.

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