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Millspaugh, Charles Frederick, 1854-1923.
Philadelphia, J.C. Yorston & Co., 1892
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Charles Frederick Millspaugh
|Notes:||Originally published in 1887 with title: American medicinal plants: an illustrated and descriptive guide to the American plants used as homoeopathic remedies ...|
|Description:||2 v. 180 col. pl. (1 fold.) 29 1/2 x 22 cm.|
|Responsibility:||by Charles F. Millspaugh. Illustrated with 180 full page plates ... colored from life ... by the author.|
Medicinal Plants an Illustrated and Descriptive Guide to plants indigenous to and naturalized in the United States which are used in medicine... Philadelphia: John C. Yorston & Co., 1892. Two vols., pp. [xv] + [blank] + [plates 1-99 and text]; [ii] + [plates 100-180 and text] +  (Appendix); First edition. Illustrated with 180 color plates from lithographs, including the much-desired folded plate showing Cannibis Sativa. Originally issued in 60 parts with 60 plates each. 1884-87, reissued in two bound volumes. Bennett ("American Color-plate Books," p. 78) calls this "the outstanding Homeopathic Materia Medica"--each entry includes the order, tribe, and genus of each plant (with notes on the derivation of names), along with the name of the botanist who first classified it and any variant names it has been given; a description of the plant; notes on the origin, geographical distribution, and history, along with a full description of the uses of the plant for medicinal purposes, "from the earliest known period, according to the Aborigines, and all schools of practical medicine"; mention of the part used and various preparations in use in general pharmacopoeias; the chemical constituents; the physiological action of each plant. There is also a glossary of botanical names, a bibliography and bibliographical index, a general index, and therapeutic index, and an index of common names of the plants both in French and German. Millspaugh's work attracted much attention upon its publication, and he was asked to serve as the department head in botany at West Virginia University in 1891. He later served as curator of botany at the Field Museum in Chicago until his death in 1923.