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A century ago, malaria was killing Washingtonians, Londoners, Parisians. Today HIV, along with various cancers, has taken its place among worldwide epidemics. Quinine, extracted from the cinchona tree of the Amazonian rainforest, quelled malaria; alkaloids taken from trees in the West African rainforest may well yield a cure for AIDS. Yet those woods, Mark Plotkin tells us, are fast disappearing, along with the native peoples who know the powers of the plants that dwell there. His account of wandering through the Amazonian jungles focuses on local knowledge about plants, whose uses range from the mundane to the magical. The rainforests of the world, Plotkin notes, are our greatest natural resource, an intercultural pharmacy that can cure woes both known and yet unvisited.
Ethnobotanist Plotkin details the alternative medicines he discovered during an apprenticeship to the shamans of the Amazon rainforests.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
This wasn't exactly my type of book, but I had to read it for my Plant and Society class. But, I have to say it was a great read! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dee
I enjoyed the book because of his open mind toward the natives of the Amazon. A very good read.
Science is the most misunderstood of man's curiosity and hunger to find and use those things that ARE RIGHT THERE! Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kim Claseman
Very interesting topic and book. Hard to put down. Would like a better understanding of the common or species names of some of these plants but it may have been difficult to sort... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I bought this book because of the documentary- both are fantastic. It gives a new sense of appreciation of why we shouldn't support the drug companies and their "need" for... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Daniel Fulk
Im about 30 pages away from finishing the book and whole time I've been wondering - why did I read this? Read morePublished 6 months ago by Joshua S. Gutierrez
There was a lot of information in this book, and on that note I would like to give it a high rating. But the big issue is that this book misrepresents itself. Read morePublished 6 months ago by RamaRana