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Plants, health and healing : on the interface of ethnobotany and medical anthropology

Author: Elisabeth Hsu; Stephen Harris
Publisher: New York : Berghahn Books, 2010.
Series: Epistemologies of healing, v. 6.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Plants have cultural histories, as their applications change over time and with place. Some plant species have affected human cultures in profound ways, such as the stimulants tea and coffee from the Old World, or coca and quinine from South America. Even though medicinal plants have always attracted considerable attention, there is surprisingly little research on the interface of ethnobotany and medical  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Plants, health and healing.
New York : Berghahn Books, ©2010
(DLC) 2010006692
(OCoLC)426817273
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Elisabeth Hsu; Stephen Harris
ISBN: 9781845458218 1845458214 128275288X 9781282752887
OCLC Number: 669749265
Description: 1 online resource (xi, 316 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: Introduction. Plants in Medical Practice and Common Sense: On the Interface of Ethnobotany and Medical Anthropology --
History: Editorial Introduction --
1. Non-Native Plants and Their Medicinal Uses --
2. Qing hao (Herba Artemisiae annuae) in the Chinese Materia Medica --
Anthropology: Editorial Introduction --
3. Shamanic Plants and Gender in the Healing Forest --
4. Persons, Plants and Relations: Treating Childhood Illness in a Western Kenyan Village --
Plant Portraits: Editorial Introduction --
5. East goes West. Ginkgo biloba and Dementia --
6. Medicinal, Stimulant and Ritual Plant Use: an Ethnobotany of Caffeine-Containing Plants --
Notes on Contributors --
Index.
Series Title: Epistemologies of healing, v. 6.
Responsibility: edited by Elisabeth Hsu and Stephen Harris.

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