- Paperback: 328 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books (August 1, 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 014012991X
- ISBN-13: 978-0140129915
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 7.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 92 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,210 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Tales of a Shaman's Apprentice: An Ethnobotanist Searches for New Medicines in the Amazon Rain Forest Paperback – August 1, 1994
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Ethnobotanist Plotkin details the alternative medicines he discovered during an apprenticeship to the shamans of the Amazon rainforests.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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I LOVE this book. To anyone who likes herbs or homeopathic remedies or science in general, you need to get this book. Yes, it's a little outdated what with it being about 2 decades old, but the reading is still there, and it's all true! It gives you a glimpse into what life was like in the deep, untouched forests back then and talks about who big pharma was already in the process of attempting to focus on their personal gain rather than supporting these shaman who knew so much about medicinal herbs and plants. I couldn't put this book down and ended up flying through it in less than a week. It's an easy read despite all the scientific plant names in it and is something I encourage all of you to look into.