Hortus Sanitatis

The Hortus Sanitatis (also written Ortus, Latin for The Garden of Health), was the first natural history encyclopedia, published by Jacob Meydenbach in Mainz, Germany in 1491.


The mandrake (Mandragora officinalis) is one of 2500 species of plants belonging to the Solanaceae family. Its psychoactive effects have been known to physicians since ancient times.