Cicci venditori di cerchi - cortesia di
Genetics and Medicine:
Aldo Valkovic, Ivana Valkovic-Antic and Asja
Endemic Glaucoma in the Mune-Brgud Area
glaukom u naseljima Mune i Brgud) (English with Hrvatski summary)
The remedies of the folk medicine of the Croatians living in Cićarija,
northern Istria. Pieroni A, Giusti ME.
Antropol. 2008 Jun;32(2):623-7.
Source: School of Life Sciences, University of
Bradford, Bradford, UK. firstname.lastname@example.org
An ethnobotanical field study was conducted among
the Croatians living in Cićarija in northern Istria and a very
restricted folk pharmacopoeia (of approximately only 30 remedies) was
recorded. This finding suggests that a remarkable process of erosion
of Traditional Knowledge (TK) may have taken place. The collected data
were compared with the ethnobotanical findings of a field study
previously conducted among the Istro-Romanians living in the nearby
village of Zejane, who probably migrated there around the 14th
Century. It was found that more than half of the botanical taxa were
being used medicinally across the two communities, and that
approximately one third of the actual medicinal plant uses were
recorded in both communities. Correspondence analysis carried out
comparing the same data with those of the ethnobotanical literature of
Istria and Friuli-Venezia Giulia in North-Eastern Italy showed that
the folk phytotherapy of the diverse ethnic populations living in
multi-cultural Istria appears to be very similar.
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), popularly known in the U.S.A.
as Lou Gehrig's Disease - there is a high incidence of this disease in
the Brdo (Berdo) region of the Arsa Valley and perhaps
elsewhere in Istria. It is presumed
to be the genetically transmitted form of the disease. Its Istrian victims have been
documented by researchers in Trieste and is known to run through
the Pezulich, Jelovcic and Tercovich clans, and possibly others, some of whose
families, as political refugees of the post-World War
moved to Italy, Australia, Canada, Sweden, the U.S.A and perhaps other countries of the world.