The acronym MatMed stands for Materia Medica, which is the body of knowledge concerning the medicinal properties principally of plants, but also of animals and minerals – the so called ‘simples’ – that formed the matter for making medical remedies. MatMed-Readers offers a systematic analysis of the traces that readers left on printed herbals (mainly), books of secrets and regimina sanitatis.

MatMet-Readers records the circulation of scientific knowledge in early modern Italy through the study of herbals and recipe books.