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Ethnobotany: Evolution of a Discipline

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Publisher Comments:

Published on the 100th anniversary of the science of ethnobotany, this volume provides a comprehensive summary of the history and current state of the field. The 36 articles present a truly global perspective on the theory and practice of today's ethnobotany.

Synopsis:

Ethnobotany: Evolution of a Discipline is a seminal volume, published on the 100th anniversary of this fascinating science, celebrating its recent evolution and providing a comprehensive summary of the history and current state of the field. It brings a broad and fully interdisciplinary approach to the study of human evaluation and use of plant materials in primitive or unlettered societies. The contributors of the thirty-six articles represent a broad spectrum of academic and scientific skill, as well as an international perspective. The editors are world-renowned ethnobotanists, and the range of carefully selected articles (most of them written specifically for this book) presents a truly global perspective on the theory and practice of today's ethnobotany. Although rooted in antiquity, ethnobotany is a dynamic contemporary science with tremendous importance for the future. The diminishing rain forests may well hold unknown keys to conquering devastating new diseases, and peoples native to those regions can often lead the way with their herbal knowledge. Experimentation with as-yet-unstudied plants may provide new solutions to expand food and energy reserves for our overpopulated planet. This volume offers important new material for those who work in fields of science devoted to plants, people, or both - including anthropology, archaeology, botany, environmental conservation, ethnopharmacology, geography, history, medicine, psychology, religion, and sociology. It is fascinating information for the general lay reader as well. Considering the impact of plant use throughout history in the human social structures of economics, politics, religion, and science, this is a book thatcontributes immeasurably to our understanding of human history and the world today.

About the Author

The late Richard Evans Schultes, Jeffrey Professor of Biology and Director of the Botanical Museum of Harvard University (Emeritus), was a plant explorer, ethnobotanist, and conservationist. He was known as the world's authority on medicinal, narcotic, and hallucinogenic plants in the New World.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780931146282
Editor:
Schultes, Richard Evans
Editor:
Von Reis, Siri V.
Editor:
Reis, Siri Von
Editor:
Schultes, Richard Evans
Editor:
Von Reis, Siri V.
Author:
Reis, Siri Von
Author:
Von Reis, Siri
Author:
Schultes, Richard
Author:
Schultes, Richard Evans
Editor:
Reis, Siri Von
Publisher:
Timber Press
Location:
Portland, Or. :
Subject:
Ethnology
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Plants
Subject:
Botany
Subject:
Ethnobotany
Subject:
Life Sciences - Botany
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Subject:
General Gardening
Edition Description:
Hardback - With dust jacket
Series Volume:
no. 25-015
Publication Date:
19950715
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
10.375 x 7.375 in

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Science and Mathematics » Botany » Ethnobotany and Useful Plants

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Product details 416 pages Timber Press (OR) - English 9780931146282 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Ethnobotany: Evolution of a Discipline is a seminal volume, published on the 100th anniversary of this fascinating science, celebrating its recent evolution and providing a comprehensive summary of the history and current state of the field. It brings a broad and fully interdisciplinary approach to the study of human evaluation and use of plant materials in primitive or unlettered societies. The contributors of the thirty-six articles represent a broad spectrum of academic and scientific skill, as well as an international perspective. The editors are world-renowned ethnobotanists, and the range of carefully selected articles (most of them written specifically for this book) presents a truly global perspective on the theory and practice of today's ethnobotany. Although rooted in antiquity, ethnobotany is a dynamic contemporary science with tremendous importance for the future. The diminishing rain forests may well hold unknown keys to conquering devastating new diseases, and peoples native to those regions can often lead the way with their herbal knowledge. Experimentation with as-yet-unstudied plants may provide new solutions to expand food and energy reserves for our overpopulated planet. This volume offers important new material for those who work in fields of science devoted to plants, people, or both - including anthropology, archaeology, botany, environmental conservation, ethnopharmacology, geography, history, medicine, psychology, religion, and sociology. It is fascinating information for the general lay reader as well. Considering the impact of plant use throughout history in the human social structures of economics, politics, religion, and science, this is a book thatcontributes immeasurably to our understanding of human history and the world today.
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