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Medicinal Plants of the Worldby Ben-erik Van Wyk
Synopses & Reviews
Medicinal Plants of the World is a comprehensive and scientifically accurate guide to the best-known and most important medicinal plants. The book includes descriptions of more than 300 medicinal plants and their close relatives. Each entry gives a short summary with a description of the plant, the geographical origin, therapeutic category, historical and modern uses, active ingredients, and pharmacological effects. More than 500 full-color photographs assist in the identification of the plants. It is an essential reference guide for health care professionals — doctors, nurses, and especially pharmacists — or anyone with an interest in medicinal plants and their uses.
Book News Annotation:
After overviewing the mechanisms of action of active compounds in medicinal plants and quality, safety, and efficacy issues, van Wyk (botany, Rand Afrikaans U., Johannesburg, South Africa) and Wink (pharmaceutical biology, U. of Heidelberg, Germany) provide quality color photo-illustrated A-Z descriptions of some 320 botanicals. The guide includes a cross-reference to health disorders, a summary of the effects of specific phytochemicals, a quick guide to commercial phytomedicines, and glossary of drug terms.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Health care professionals and amateurs alike will discover fascinating details for historical and modern uses, active ingredients, and pharmacological effects for more than 300 medicinal plants and their close relatives.
About the Author
Michael Wink is a professor of pharmaceutical biology and a director of the Institute of Pharmacy and Molecular Biotechnology at the University of Heidelberg in Germany. He is an authority on secondary metabolites of plants and their pharmacological effects.
Ben-Erik van Wyk is a professor of botany at the Rand Afrikaans University, Johannesburg, South Africa. His research interest is in systematic botany and plant utilization.
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