About the Author
One of the world's most recognized authorities on botanical medicine, James A. Duke, Ph.D., was born in Birmingham, ALabama, April 4, 1929. Dr. Duke is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where he completed his AB (1952), MA (1955),and Ph.D. (Botany, 1961). For nearly thirty years, he worked for the United States Department of Agriculture as a specialist in medicinal plants. He did post doctoral work at the Missouri Botanical Gardens and many years of ethnobotanical study and work in South America and Southeast Asia. He served as chief of the USDA Medicinal Plant Laboratory, seeking botanical cancer-fighting compounds, and is the author of The Green Pharmacy and co-author of The Amazonian Ethnobotanical Dictionary.