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Institute for the Preservation of Medical Traditions

Cause Area

  • Arts & Culture
  • Community
  • Health & Medicine
  • International


c/o Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History10th street and Constitution Avenue NWWashington, DC 20560 United States

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Mission Statement

The Institute recovers ancient remedies from the written record of ancient Mediterranean healers and makes them available for new and innovative medico-pharmaceutical research and applications.


The Institute addresses a fundamental challenge in 21st century world: the need for new medicines and new strategies for the discovery of such medicines. Drawing on, and catalizing an interdisciplinary consortium of institutions worldwide, researchers in the Institute explore ancient books in libraries across the globe, bring to light and investigate their texts, and create on this basis a new knowledge that will ultimately lead to new discoveries and procedures for the integration of traditional resources into contemporary medical research.


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