Inspiring innovation from tradition


Archaia/Nea means "Ancient/New" in Classical Greek. This is the Newsletter of the Institute for the Preservation of Medical Traditions, of which this is the first issue. Ancient/New without and or any other link between the two terms. Ancient and New are not juxtaposed, but create an interactive sequence, a direct shift from Ancient to New and probably even to the Future. Archaia/Nea is best understood as The Future of the Past. Because this is what the Institute for the Preservation of Medical Traditions is about: giving a future to the past, Inspiring Innovation from Tradition.

The Mediterranean world is more than ever the object of renewed publications. Three of them illustrate the exchanges of knowledge and the continuity of tradition until the 20th century. But this is not all.

Filling the lacunas of a collection is not an easy job. Through purchases, exchanges, and donations, the Institute has been recently able to expand the Historia Plantarum collection with some rare pieces of scholarship.

Pittsburgh, PA, Montpellier, France, Cleveland, OH, and Baltimore, MD, are just some of the forums where the history of medicinal plants, science and botany will be featured. And alchemy, Byzantium, pharmacology, and nephrology will on the agenda.

The public engagement of the Institute is on the rise: teaching, lectures, and public interventions are on the agenda of the Institute and contribute to raise the awareness of audiences.


The Institute for the Preservation of Medical Traditions was founded in September 2007. Four years later, where has it arrived? What has it accomplished, what were the challenges and what are the promises?


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