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Medical Botany: Plants Affecting Human Healthby Walter H. Lewis
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Advance Praise for Medical Botany . . .
"The Second Edition fully reflects the explosion of interest in and research on botanicals in the twenty-five years since the first edition was published . . . the most comprehensive and authoritative textbook on medicinal plants available anywhere . . . can inspire almost any student to pursue a career in ethnobotany, natural medicine, or related disciplines."
Founder and Executive Director of American Botanical Council and Editor of HerbalGram
"The first edition of Medical Botany is one of the most used references on my bookshelf and helped to shape my view of world medicine. This new edition has been completely updated, but retains the extensive research and the well-written background of the original. It will be a valued resource through the rest of my professional career."
Ron Hobbs, ND, Adjunct Basic Science Faculty, Bastyr University
"Medical Botany is a labor of love by two of the worlds foremost ethnobotanists. As was the first edition, this will be a classic reference and text, as well as extremely enjoyable reading for a variety of audiences."
Samuel W. Page, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland
Medical Botany, Second Edition provides, through examples, an understanding of the worlds traditional pharmacopeias and how research is affording ways to authenticate their value for use in complementary and alternative medicines and as the basis for the development of new therapies and pharmaceutical agents.
This fascinating approach illustrates how plants through the ages have affected human health. It combines scientific information in human physiology, pharmacognosy, pharmacology, and ethnobotany, and intertwines these data with a variety of colorful stories and anecdotesfrom Socrates fatal use of hemlock to the evolution of such pharmaceuticals as digitalis, taxol, and lovastatin and botanicals, including Echinacea, Ginkgo, St. Johns wort, and ginseng.
Richly illustrated and expanded, this revised edition addresses the injurious, remedial, and psychoactive properties of thousands of plants, fungi, and microorganisms. Each chapter focuses on a body system and thoroughly discusses how pharmaceuticals, botanicals, and dietary supplements affect its function in both normal and disease states. Mindful that the ultimate goal of integrative medicine is to optimize the worth of all types of treatment approaches, this edition provides the practitioner, patient, and public at large with information regarding the current state of research and treatment practices in this expanding field.
Medical Botany, Second Edition is a valuable text for students of pharmacology, botany, medicine, and biology, and an indispensable tool for professionals in medicine, pharmacology, and botany, as well as an informative resource for patients and everyone interested in plants and their potential for human health.
Book News Annotation:
Lewis (ethnobotany, Washington University) and Elvin-Lewis (biomedicine, Washington University) offer an understanding of the world's traditional pharmacopoeias and show how research is yielding ways to authenticate their value for use in complementary and alternative medicine and as the basis for the development of new therapies and pharmaceutical agents. Combining information on human physiology, pharmacognosy, pharmacology, and ethnobotany with historical and contemporary anecdotes, each chapter focuses on a body system and discusses how pharmaceuticals, botanicals, and dietary supplements affect its function in normal and disease states. B&w photos and illustrations are included. This second edition is revised to take into account research conducted since the first edition was published in the 1970's. The book can be used as a text for students of pharmacology, botany, medicine, and biology, and as a reference for professionals and general readers.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Organized by body system and ailment, this second edition of "Medical Botany" focuses on research discoveries and their development as therapies for use in complementary-alternative and conventional medicines, utilizing plant natural products and their derivatives.
WALTER H. LEWIS, PhD, DSc, is Professor Emeritus of Biology and University Research Ethnobotanist at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. He is also Senior Botanist at the Missouri Botanical Garden.
MEMORY P. F. ELVIN-LEWIS, PhD, DSc, is Professor of Biomedicine in Microbiology and Ethnobotany, and Adjunct Professor of Biology at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.
* Organized by body system and ailment makes it easy to locate appropriate therapies.
* Includes background on the physiology of major systems and ailments so readers can understand how and why a pharmaceutical, botanical, or dietary supplement works.
* Broad coverage includes green plants, fungi, and microorganisms.
* Includes extensive references and citations from both conventional and complimentary-alternative medical systems when natural products or their derivatives are involved.
About the Author
"...an extremely good read...a productive mine of information...laced liberally with humour, human observation and practical examples..." (Plant Talk, May 2004)
Table of Contents
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2. Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
PART I: INJURIOUS PLANTS.
3. Internal Poisons.
4. Immune System and Cell Modifiers.
PART II: REMEDIAL PLANTS.
7. Musculoskeletal System.
8. Peripheral Nervous System.
9. Heart and Circulation.
11. Sensory Organs: Eye and Ear.
12. Oral Hygiene.
13. Gastrointestinal Tract.
14. Respiratory System.
15. Urogenital System.
17. Deterrents: Antibiotics, Antiseptics, Pesticides, and Herbicides.
18. Panaceas, Adaptogens, and Tonics.
PART III: PSYCHOACTIVE PLANTS.
19. Central Nervous System and Psychiatry.
Appendix A: Outline Classification of Plants.
Appendix B: Bibliography of Traditional and Herbal Medicine and Ethnobotany.
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