Nicholas Culpeper (1616-1654) is the household name for herbal medicine. He is famous for his herbal, The English Physician, which first appeared in 1652 and since then has been reprinted in over 100 editions, not only in England but also in America where it became the first medical book tobe published (Boston 1708).

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1294777/pdf/jrsocmed00081-0072.pdf

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