Alain Touwaide is one of the very finest scholars of our time. His work on ancient medicine is of the very highest quality. His library of ancient manuscripts is likely the best there has ever been. I will, this year, double my financial contribution to the Institute.
This institute is a rare find and a true gem. I am so grateful to have learned about Alain and Emanuela's work, which is at the intersection of many disciplines that are relevant to my own research. I am currently researching indigo on a Getty-funded grant for their upcoming Pacific Standard Time series around the theme of art and science. Indigo is a plant perhaps best known for its use as a blue dye and its long history as a valuable and widely traded commodity. Associated with both royalty and the working class (think denim work clothes), its rich and problematic history (steeped in colonialism) goes back to ancient times, which makes Alain's extensive expertise in the Classics invaluable for the project. Less known is indigo's use as a medicine in many different cultures for various uses, as well as a cosmetic and as a medium for tattooing, which is how I came to discover the Institute. Alain and Emanuela have been an invaluable resource beyond their knowledge of plants and medicine, however. They have been generous in sharing articles and resources on a range of topics related to indigo, and an excellent sounding board to hear my questions and ideas. It has truly been a joy to work with them and to know them.
I was a visiting researcher at the Institute for the Preservation of Medical Traditions in the Spring of 2013. Alan Touwaide, the director of the institute, was extremely helpful and was willing to guide me in issues that I was not familiar with. The institute has a vast library on medical issues. I benefited a lot in my research on Byzantine and Islamic pharmacology.
I am a huge fan of the Institute for the Preservation of Medical Traditions for years. Although I did not have any chance to visit their library in California, I am following all of their activities from Facebook and LinkedIn day by day. Emmanuela and Alain are doing a great job by bringing such important books together, preserving them, and letting people use this precious library. I am so sorry that they have to find a new home for their library and continue helping people to learn new things from their collection.
Many thanks for your interest in and support to our research!
I had the privilege of taking a course on ancient medicine and food from Professor Alain Touwaide. It was one of the most interesting and valuable classes that I took while at UCLA. And the Institute was crucial in providing us the interesting knowledge that can still be appreciated today in gardening, cooking, and medical practice.
Thanks. I am so glad this course was such an enlightening experience! It was a pleasure teaching it.
Congratulations to Emanuela and Alain for the wonderful work they have done at the Institute. It is important to disseminate information through appropriate bibliography on how to treat certain diseases in a natural way.
Many thanks for your support!
I started to collaborate with Alain and Emanuela in 2017, during the 5th International Phytocosmetics Phytotherapy Congress, 15-17 May 2017, in Patras, Greece, thanks to Professor Jalal Ghaemghami. They brought such great insights and knowledge on the history of medicine and cosmetics, thus adding a fantastic element of newness and different perspective to the congress, with a great opportunity of learning and shedding some light on actives and ingredients that are largely used in our modern cosmetic products.
I was introduced to both Alain and Emanuela and their institute way back in the year 2017 at Greece. Since then we are working very closely with IPEC-ISPS. The institute has done tremendous work on the traditional use and history of medicinal plants. It has a huge collection of ancient and rare literature from different parts of the world. I happened to interact with Alain and Emanuela and felt enriched having learned many things which could be useful for our studies in India. I look forward to having long term collaboration for our future initiatives in the study of traditional medicine in India.
Alain Touwade and Emanuela Appetiti along with the Preservation of Medical Traditions are in my opinion the two most important people in Holistic and Alternative Medicine. They bridge the gap to a past world of how amazing medical practitioners worked with the body utilizing the essentials of the earth along with self-awareness through philosophy, in the science of healing.
Traveling to Europe (Greece) and watching them lecture to academics from around the world, confirms they are the real deal. The magic is in their library of books of medical antiquity, along with a supernatural ability to recall where to access the information in a moment’s notice.
I hope the world could appreciate their dedication and fortitude to find the truths, for within those books lies the answers to our present-day issues.
Clifton Matsuno PT
i would like to express my strong support for this non-profit institution and its Director, Alain Touwaide. . My involvement has been in the preparation of a translation of Galen's writings on the arterial pulses, a substantial body of work which was of the greatest importance in the development of Western medicine. In general the preservation of traditions in intellectual and practical matters is an essential activity and nowhere is this more important than in medicine for its ongoing progress. I myself, working in Tasmania, have derived great assistance from this Institute and its director. I rate it very highly indeed>
It was a pleasure working with you on this vast project, however complicated it was sometime.
As a researcher I have had the great privilege to receive very often advices and guidance from Alain and Emanuela over the last twenty years and to use their tremendous collection. Their expertise , together with their library, is a very important scholarly endeavour that should be continued and receive support, as it is irreplaceable.
Dr. Caroline Macé, Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures at the University of Hamburg (Germany)
I collaborated with the institute and with the two very talented scientists for many years. I am a retired senior scientist in the Dep. of medicinal plants at the Volcani center, Agriculture research center in Israel. My main interest is ethnomedicine and the use of plants in old tradition.
The work done in the institute for the preservation of medical tradition is priceless and should be supported and continued.
Prof. Zohara Yaniv Bachrach
It was a privilege to be invited by the founders of The Institute for the Preservation of Medical Traditions to share my knowledge of Ayurveda, ancient Indian herbal medicine at the conference titled "Medical Traditions for the 21st Century" organized in association with UCLA. It was an excellent conference in which papers were read by some of the most prestigious scholars of ancient medical traditions - from all over the world. Kudos to Alain and Emanuela for their vision as well as execution of that vision! Alain's passion for Greek medical tradition, his vast knowledge and his passion to keep world ancient traditions alive is truly inspiring!
Como especialista en el campo de los estudios áraboislámicos clásicos, e interesado especialmente en el terreno de la etnobotánica histórica, he tenido el privilegio y la gran fortuna de mantener contactos con el profesor Touwaide y Emanuela, quienes, con enorme generosidad, han dedicado buena parte de sus vidas a la gestión del Institute for the Preservation of Medical Traditions. A lo largo de esos años ambos han convertido el Institute y la labor desarrollada por el mismo en una referencia a nivel mundial para todos aquellos investigadores interesados en la recuperación y puesta en valor de las tradiciones científicas de las civilizaciones del Mundo Antiguo y de la civilización árabo-islámica clásica. Y esto, no solo por la enorme riqueza de los fondos documentales que alberga la biblioteca del Institute, sino también por la sólida y tupida red de intercambios que sus responsables han sabido urdir entre investigadores de todas las partes del mundo.
Espero y deseo de todo corazón que el Institute reciba todo el apoyo necesario para que pueda continuar con su imprescindible aportación al conocimiento humano en esta nueva etapa de su andadura.
Todo mi reconocimiento y cariño al Profesor Touwaide y Emanuela por su generosidad y entrega.
Indalecio Lozano Cámara
Catedrático de Estudios Árabes e Islámicos
Departamento de Estudios Semíticos
Universidad de Granada (ESPAÑA)
I had the pleasure of being a member of the IPMT Advisory Board when the Institute was located at the Smithsonian in Washington DC. This gave me the opportunity to gain a very close insight into the workings and philosophy of IPMT along with the passion and dedication of its two founders. It quickly became clear that the Institute was undertaking unique and highly valuable work in tracing the origins of medical discovery from antiquity up until fairly modern times. Contributions to medical science came from two main areas -- first, in the collection of a world-class array of original books and manuscripts, mainly from Mediterranean countries, that documented the evolution and application of medical prescriptions from largely natural sources. The second emerged from the deep, scientific research and teachings of the founders into the historic foundations of these medical discoveries and their contribution, over time, to the emergence of increasingly complex drug forms. This vital research program has itself two important societal thrusts -- the first rests in the academic endeavors that catalog drug developments, learned publications that come from these discoveries, presentation of findings to learned societies and the teaching of these forensic skills to future scholars. The second has a potentially more commercial application -- the provision of a roadmap of ancient remedies to biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies as they search for new and better ways to counter modern diseases. They have found that the natural solutions of medieval and earlier times have much to offer the present day research scientist confined by the four walls of a company laboratory. I sincerely hope that government, scientists, interested members of the public and medicine-based corporations will continue to generously support this valuable and inspiring venture. Dr. Philip Dover, Professor Emeritus, Babson College
This is an essential resource for anyone working in the History of Medicine and especially for access to rare books and manuscripts - both real and digital. There is an abundance of help of every kind available for scholars and enthusiasts.
I was able to have access to a world-class collection of books and the knowledge of Dr. Touwaide during an internship which is a precious memory for me. The Institute's work enables essential collaborations and research access.
Alain Touwaide and Emanuela Appetiti are so very generous with their knowledge, experience and their ability to illuminate the importance of preserving the medical traditions of everyone from Dioscorides to the Mayans. All presented with a smile, some humor and much dedication.
Visiting them in their amazing library is always an enjoyment; each time reveals a new inspiration, a sense of wonder and growth.
The Doctors, their work, past, current and future endeavors deserve to continue to be honored and supported.
I had the great fortune to work with and learn from Alain and Emanuela as a research intern during my undergraduate studies at New Mexico State University as part of the Research Training Program at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and returned as a volunteer throughout my graduate studies at the George Washington University. The Institute for the Preservation of Medical Traditions is an astounding testament to Alain and Emanuela's lifelong dedication to preserving knowledge from the past and propelling research and innovation for the future. The institute offers researchers access to not only a truly one-of-a-kind library, but also massive digitized collections of data and images. This non-profit is a pioneer for the creative application of ancient knowledge to a vast range of multi-disciplinary inquiry from medicine, public health, paleobotany and beyond.
This Institute, founded and led by Drs Alain Touwaide and Emanuela Appetiti, is unique in the world. Founded in 2007, it fosters research on the history of medicine and science in the ancient Mediterranean World - the botany, medicinal plants, and therapies of that time. The Institute's most important contribution is the research library compiled by the founders with a remarkable collection of books and documents, many rare, historical, one-of-a-kind manuscripts on the history of medicine. Now, they wish to transfer this priceless literature collection to an institute that will protect them and make them available to researchers worldwide. Indeed, these medical traditions are as important as they ever were, at this time of a global pandemic; they may embody answers to the future of humanity.
As an academic who has worked for more than 30 years in pharmacology and neuroscience, I am convinced that the Institute for the Preservation of Medical Traditions plays a unique role in our current cultural discourse. The link the Institute offers to the past through its activity and remarkable library is an extraordinary asset that deserves to be preserved and expanded,
I have enjoyed keeping up with all that is happening in the world of traditional medicines and medical traditions. I have been following the web site for several years now and it is a great source of information about publications, conferences and occasional information - stories.
The Institute for the Preservation of Medical Traditions is one that I hold close to my heart. After taking a class with the Scientific Director Dr. Alain Touwaide, I became even more passionate for the health field and truly appreciated the history of how current medical practice has come to be. Dr. Touwaide and Emanuela were two of the kindest people I have ever met during my undergraduate at UCLA and I hope that their mission to find a new home for their amazing library succeeds.
The Institute for the Preservation of Medical Traditions is one of the leading institutions in the world in the field of the history of medicine and botany, especially due to its outstanding library and the long years experience of its directors Alain Touwaide and Emanuela Appetiti. This is the reason why I decided to spend there a month in 2017 in order to find relevant materials for completing my PhD at the University of Hamburg, Germany. I wish I would have in the future other chances to work there, since institutes owing so rich libraries specialized in the aforementioned topics are very rare all over the world.
During my stay in Washington DC several years ago, this library contained many books necessary for my research, and which were not easily available elsewhere.
I can’t believe the wealth of knowledge contained in both the library and the minds of the people behind the Institute for the Preservation of Medical Traditions. I have been honored to edit a few of the books which have come out of the Institute, first when affiliated with the Smithsonian Institute in Wash. DC, and later when affiliated with the Huntington in Calif. While Alain Touwaide is a prolific writer himself, he and Emanuela are the most earnest schools and transmitters of knowledge I have ever met. I will consider any and all work with them as the highest honor, particularly given how freely they share their tens-of-thousands of library volumes with anyone who thirsts to learn.
The Institute for the Preservation of Medical Traditions Inc is the best institute I've ever seen. Dr. Touwaide and Emanuela have one of the best personal library collections in the world, and they've dedicated decades of their work in trying to preserve medical traditions, searching for manuscripts all over the world and going into libraries that others have not been. They care about the library and their research more than anything. This simply is THE best institute in the field.
Alain Touwaide's scholarly lifework, the Institute for the Preservation of Medical Traditions, houses an absolutely unique and incredibly rich research library, probably the best worldwide, for the history of medicine, pharmacology and botany. It needs all possible support, including financial one, so that this superb source of information can continue to exist and inspirate future research.
Emanuela and Alain have done a wonderful, unique and original job at the Institute for the Preservation of Medical Traditions. By combining data coming from various sources (ethnology, botany, pharmacology, history, literary traditions) they developed a treasure of information with real practical applications in the future of medical treatments. This endeavor is some that has to be preserved, foster and funded.
Jaime E. Bortz, MD, MA, PhD
Professor, Department of Medical Humanities
School of Medicine - Buenos Aires University
Buenos Aires - Argentina
A truly unique collection and dedicated people who go above and beyond the call to maintain history for current and future scholars.
Thanks, Howard, for your expert review coming from a professional of the book. We greatly appreciate. It was a pleasure having you inspecting our collection.
A top shelf organization that preserves stories and culture. Alain and Emanuela have tremendous knowledge and expertise in this important field of study.
Provides unique resources concerning the early history and practice of Western medicine. A goldmine of information, which will benefit numbers of researchers given future updated storage and maintenance facilities. Deserves considerable additional financial support.
These people offered me the unique, by all means, experience to work in their archives and amazing library. Their knowledge and material on ancient medicine and especially on ancient pharmacopeia is endless. Each time I need someone to advise me on ancient medicine, I turn to them. It's not only that they know how to be of help but they are always there to help you out on subjects of their scientific interest.
Alain and Emanuela have been tirelessly working all these years producing work of impressive quality. Hope they can continue in the years to come.
The work of the Institute, of Alain Touwaide and of Emanuela Appetiti has been and is of fundamental importance for medical historical studies: not only for the themes of medical history in antiquity, but also for the history of the ' longue durées' of scientific thought, for the history of botany, of therapy, of care from antiquity to the early modern age. The collaborations of the Institute with many Italian academic realities have always been very fruitful: they have allowed many scholars to grow in their skills, providing them with texts, archives, first-hand sources, translations and comments. The library of Alain and Emanuela has always been available to young people, especially students, as well as Alain's and Emanuela's scientific knowledge, always generously made available to those who wanted to learn a fundamental part of the history of medicine and science.
The History of Medicine Unit of La Sapienza University, where I'm teaching History of Medicine, has always worked in collaboration with the institute, drawing up projects and organizing teaching cycles, always obtaining scientific success and more than positive evaluations.
This scholarly library is precious for research and must live on.
We spent two weeks with Alain & Emanuela in Rome 2003 working as part of a team on their research project and came away knowing how valuable their work was so we joined them again in 2004 for a further two weeks. We’ve kept in contact with them ever since. From being very hesitant initially as to how we could be of help to them as non scholars, we quickly found their encouragement and education to be stimulating and inspiring. They are incredibly dedicated to the preservation and ongoing teaching of medicinal plants of antiquity. We will always be indebted to them for the gift they gave us personally of being a part of their work and for their ongoing friendship over the years
We cannot rate the Institute for the Preservation of Medical Traditions highly enough
We live in New Zealand
Alain and Emanuela are both vessels of deep knowledge, and they've dedicated so much of their lives to amassing an invaluable collection of medicinal and botanical history. Researchers and students like myself from around the world have benefitted from knowing them and their Institute. Their work and collections are very important resources to support!
The rich library and other resources constituted over decades by Alain Touwaide and Emanuela Appetiti have allowed researchers across many disciplines to enrich their research and to work together. Their time in residence at the University of Victoria (2009-2011) led to new connections among historians, literary scholars, anthropologists and sociologists, especially those whose work focuses on the history of medicine and ethnobotany. Students benefited tremendously from working with Alain in his seminars and in their individual research projects.
As associate dean responsible for coordinating their work with our faculty, I remain grateful for the opportunity to work with him and Emanuela: they share their erudition with great generosity. A MOU allowed UVic students to enjoy research internships with the Institute, life changing for some.
The establishment of the Institute for the Preservation of Medical Traditions has been an important step in keeping intact the resources they have gathered and in making them available. I am crushed to learn that the Institute needs a new home. After the years that Alain and Emanuela have spent at the Smithsonian and the Huntington Library, it's hard to believe that the library might not be readily available to scholars.
University of Victoria, BC, Canada
Over many years, the dedicated work of the Touwaides has created a flood of new knowledge about pre-modern medicine. It is a unique and meaningful contribution. -- Dominik Wujastyk
The institute for the Preservation of Medical Traditions has served as a repository and resource for scholars located all over the world. It has been a center of excellence, organized, managed, and curated by superb scholars who have mastery and control of the subject areas. I do believe it has shaped a great deal of scholarship on ancient, medieval and early modern medicine, folk healing traditions, as well as medical botany and knowledge of the plant world.
The Institute for the Preservation of Medical Tradition is an absolute valuable institution supporting a braod field of research in the history of medicine, especially focussing on manuscript studies. I've always loved cooperating with the IPMT and gained a lot for my scientific research but also for my university teaching and supporting PhD students. In my opininion it is absolutely necessary to support the IPMT's work to let them continue their excellent and indispensable work which truly possesses a lot of innovating potential.
I first learned about ancient and present medical traditions through a class at UCLA. Dr. Alain Touwaide taught this class and I was fascinated by his passion for medical research. It was an honor to attend his lectures and to visit an incredible library that stores thousands of manuscripts important for understanding the historical context and foundation of medicine. I strongly believe that the work that goes towards preserving and understanding ancient medical texts is imperative for the contemporary development of medicine. Thus, it is essential that the Institute for the Preservation of Medical Traditions should continued to be supported.
The Institute for the Preservation of Medical Traditions is an unique combination of outstanding academic excellence and an unparalleled library resource. The founders, Emanuela and Alain are top-tier researchers and prolific authors of serious medical history publications. Furthermore, their library houses some 30, 000 entries that have allowed other academics and researchers access to information that would otherwise be difficult, at best, for them to investigate. Long before I had the opportunity to attend one of Alain's lectures here in Beijing, I had sought out his papers and found them to be extremely helpful in my own research. Furthermore, having hosted these two outstanding academics in my own medicinal plant garden, I can say without hesitation that the character of these two founders and the drivers of this non-profit is a rare find; they are not only excellent academics, they are also outstanding people who have devoted their lives to the mission of both preservation and presentation of the historical context that is the foundation of all medicine. An extremely noble endeavor!
In short, Institute for the Preservation of Medical Traditions is a treasure that not only deserves support, it must be supported!
One of the most astounding research collections in the history of ethnobotany--the type of work that Alain and Emanuela do is unique and the resource they have produced in this research library is an immense gift to the history of science and medicine.
Little things add up to significant work. Once I attended an international meeting organized by Dr. Alain Touwaide and Emanuela in northern Costa Rica. During a recess in the proceedings, I spoke about the Congress with Alan while he was using his busy time as an organizer to help a young student translate a Greek text into Spanish for her local class. With patience and kindness, he helped her while, at the same, took care of Congress matters with me. This unhurried conversation went from Spanish to Greek to English, backwards and forward.This incident is the way the Touwaide charity library does good work. They have made Mega accomplishments on the international scale as exemplified by this Mini story.
Specialist researcher and library for those interested in the ancient history of medicine, plants and Classical world.
The work of Alain and Emanuela has no comparison in the field of contemporary ethnobotany and the history of medicine. They devotedly collected and classified all the relevant material and their library stands out as a true gem, with titles that are difficult to find even in the most specialised libraries and large collections. Over and above, whoever has ever come across the field of history of medicine knows the amazing work the Institute for the preservation of Medical Traditions has done in more than thirty years to keep alive the scholarship that is desperately needed nowadays. It is imperative that their scientific undertaking goes on for the benefit of the entire academic community.
I encountered Dr. Alain Touwaide through his publications several years ago, and later I was privileged to attend some of his lectures. The corpus of his work culminated in the establishment of the Institute for the Preservation of Medical Traditions along with Dr. Emanuela Appetiti.
The name, Preservation of, is modest since this edifice in addition to the preservation of past traditions contains also the seeds of development of new medications on the basis of historically long, and geographically diverse attempts of humankind to contend disease. This kind of knowledge created over millennia is extremely valuable. It should not only be preserved and studied, but also further explored. By analogy and in its own magnitude, Drs. Touwaide & Appetiti collection is a small library of Alexandria.
Supporting the Institute for the Preservation of Medical Traditions is a small recognition of the enormous efforts of Dr. Touwaide and Dr. Appetiti.
In essence it is respect and protection of our Heritage!
Taxiarchis Geladopoulos, PhD
This is a unique site with extremely valuable information related to medicinal plants and ancient knowledge from texts and current research.
The Institute for the Preservation of Medical Tradition (IPMT) serves a unique role in medical research: uncovering, organizing and making available to modern medicine ancient knowledge and therapies developed since the dawn of human history. The founders and directors of this enterprise, Alain Touwaide and Emanuela Appetiti are highly dedicated and experienced in their work. IMPT is housed in the Department of Botany at the Smithsonian where it serves as a research base for the investigation into ancient manuscripts, their organization and preservation, as well as a platform for teaching and building awareness of the potential value of ancient herbs and remedies in modern medical applications. The mission of this organization is not only unique but of great importance to the medical community.