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Mind-Altering and Poisonous Plants of the World Hardcover – September 24, 2008

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Mind-Altering and Poisonous Plants of the World is recommended to anyone who is interested in poisonous plants and their components. The extensive illustrations and cogent explanations make this book a good reference work for natural scientists, and a particularly good textbook for pharmaceutical professionals and students who are interested in toxicology.”

"An intriguing (and inexpensive) book to browse, both for the usual suspects (cannabis) and unsuspected ones (grape)."

About the Author

Michael Wink is a professor of pharmaceutical biology and a director of the Institute of Pharmacy and Molecular Biotechnology at the University of Heidelberg in Germany. He is an authority on secondary metabolites of plants and their pharmacological effects.

Ben-Erik van Wyk is a professor of botany at the Rand Afrikaans University, Johannesburg, South Africa. His research interest is in systematic botany and plant utilization.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press; 1 edition (September 24, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881929522
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881929522
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 1.3 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #318,694 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By DJ Martin on January 27, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Not for the faint of heart! This is truly a scientific reference book. The authors did a wonderful job with their monographs of a little over 200 plants known to be poisonous to not only humans but four-legged animals, as well.

I thoroughly enjoyed their discussion of poisonous plants in past times, as well as current medicinal usages. The color plates, especially on the monographs, are well done, making identification quite easy. I am not a scientist by any means, so I glossed over 98% of the scientific discussions. However, those that need to know such things (such as doctors, nurses and veterinarians) will find this information invaluable.

Although it's a scientific book, it could easily be used as a reference for writers, a la Jessica Fletcher.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By cornsnakey on April 22, 2012
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Excellent reference book or for those interested in learning more about the toxic plants of the world. Great photography. Also good to have if you want to teach your children what plants to stay away from. It lists any medicinal qualities that some of these plants may have.
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This book is intended for readers with a strong background in chemistry, biochemistry, medicine, and/or botany. Topics emphasized are the toxic chemicals produced by plants, the chemicals' mechanisms of action, and treatments. Some history of the plants and toxins uses is covered.
An improvement to the text would be to include references; the book contains virtually none.
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