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Alain Touwaide was educated in Classics, Oriental studies (Byzantium and the Arabic World), Linguistics, and Pedagogy at the University of Louvain (Belgium) (1971-1978). He earned a PhD degree in Philosophy and Letters (Classical Philology) (summa cum laude) from the same university with a thesis on toxicology in Classical Greece (1981), and a Qualification to Direct Scientific Research Programs in History from the University of Toulouse (France) (summa cum laude) on the basis of his research activity and publications on Mediterranean medical history (1997).

Besides his positions at the Institute for the Preservation of Medical Traditions and at the Smithsonian Institution, Touwaide is also an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Humanities and the Graduate School of the University of Victoria BC (Canada), and in the Department of Medieval Studies of Georgetown University in Washington, DC; and an Adjunct Scholar at the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation at the Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA.

 

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