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The ethnobotany of Eden : rethinking the jungle medicine narrative

Author: Robert A Voeks
Publisher: Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2018.
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"In the mysterious and pristine forests of the tropics, a wealth of ethnobotanical panaceas and shamanic knowledge promises cures for everything from cancer and AIDS to the common cold. To access such miracles, we need only to discover and protect these medicinal treasures before they succumb to the corrosive forces of the modern world. A compelling biocultural story, certainly, and a popular perspective on the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Voeks, Robert A., 1950-
Ethnobotany of Eden.
Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2018
(DLC) 2017042871
(OCoLC)1004256540
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Robert A Voeks
ISBN: 9780226547855 022654785X
OCLC Number: 1035556605
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 321 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents: God's medicine chest --
Terra mythica --
People in the forest --
Green gold --
Weeds in the garden --
Gender and healing --
Immigrant ethnobotany --
Forgetting the forest --
Environmental narratives.
Responsibility: Robert A. Voeks.

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Voeks corrects the romantic notion of the jungle as a secret haven of medical bounty, showing how it developed and what the reality of ethnobotany really is.  Read more...

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"It is about time that a scholar criticizes the 'jungle narrative' that the rainforest is full of undeveloped medicines that can save us (i.e. the Western world) from disease. Based on sound Read more...

 
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