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Bitter roots : the search for healing plants in Africa

Author: Abena Dove Osseo-Asare
Publisher: Chicago and London : The University of Chicago Press, [2014] ©2014
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
Summary:
For over a century, plant specialists worldwide have sought to transform healing plants in African countries into pharmaceuticals.

And for equally as long, conflicts over these medicinal plants have endured, from stolen recipes and toxic tonics to unfulfilled promises of laboratory equipment and usurped personal patents.

In Bitter Roots, Abena Dove Osseo-Asare draws on publicly available records and extensive interviews with scientists and healers in Ghana, Madagascar, and South Africa to interpret how African scientists and healers, rural communities, and drug companies—including Pfizer, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and Unilever—have sought since the 1880s to develop drugs from Africa’s medicinal plants.

Osseo-Asare recalls the efforts to transform six plants into pharmaceuticals: rosy periwinkle, Asiatic pennywort, grains of paradise, Strophanthus, Cryptolepis, and Hoodia.

Through the stories of each plant, she shows that herbal medicine and pharmaceutical chemistry have simultaneous and overlapping histories that cross geographic boundaries.

At the same time, Osseo-Asare sheds new light on how various interests have tried to manage the rights to these healing plants and probes the challenges associated with assigning ownership to plants and their biochemical components.  Read more...

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Additional Physical Format: Bitter roots
(NL-LeOCL)370558073
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Abena Dove Osseo-Asare
ISBN: 9780226086026 022608602X 9780226086163 022608616X
OCLC Number: 876028141
Description: 300 pagina's : illustraties ; 23 cm
Responsibility: Abena Dove Osseo-Asare.

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Draws on publicly available records and interviews with scientists and healers in Ghana, Madagascar, and South Africa to interpret how African scientists and healers, rural communities, and drug  Read more...

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