A Reference Guide to Medicinal Plants: Herbal Medicine Past and Present

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Reissued as a companion edition to Trying to Give Ease: Tommie Bass and the Story of Herbal Medicine, this illustrated reference guide covers over 700 medicinal plants, of which more than 150 are readily obtainable in health food stores and other outlets. Based on the Appalachian herbal practice of the late A. L. "Tommie" Bass, each account of a plant includes the herbalist’s comment, an assessment of the plant’s efficacy, and current information on its chemical constituents and pharmacological effects. Unlike ...
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Reissued as a companion edition to Trying to Give Ease: Tommie Bass and the Story of Herbal Medicine, this illustrated reference guide covers over 700 medicinal plants, of which more than 150 are readily obtainable in health food stores and other outlets. Based on the Appalachian herbal practice of the late A. L. "Tommie" Bass, each account of a plant includes the herbalist’s comment, an assessment of the plant’s efficacy, and current information on its chemical constituents and pharmacological effects. Unlike most herbal guides, this is a comprehensive, fully documented reference work that interweaves scientific evaluation with folkloric use.
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Editorial Reviews

Varro Tyler
The best available historical commentaries on herbs in the English language.
Bulletin of the History of Medicine
This assessment still stands. . . . [T]he usefulness of this book for the historian and even the clinician interested in the background and context of these medicinal plants is undeniable. It should occupy an important place in the library of everyone interested in the historical development of the American materia medica and its role in providing an important component in the spectrum of therapeutic choices available at the grassroots level.
Appalachian Journal
Trying to Give Ease and A Reference Guide to Medicinal Plants are two of the best resources I've come across. The second volume of the set, Reference Guide to Medicinal Plants, is a veritable feast of herbal knowledge. This is the first book I reach for when I'm researching the uses of a plant.
Booknews
Originally published in 1989 as . Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Covers some 700 medicinal plants, of which about 150 are generally available in health food stores and other outlets. Based on the southern Appalachian herbal practice of A.L. "Tommie" Bass, each account of a plant includes the herbalists' knowledge, assessment of efficacy in the context of its use, and current chemical and pharmacological information. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822310198
  • Publisher: Duke University Press Books
  • Publication date: 12/28/1997
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 560
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.70 (d)

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John K. Crellin, Clinch Professor of the History of Medicine at Memorial University of Newfoundland, is a physician, pharmacist, and historian. His books include Medical Ceramics in the Wellcome Institute and Home Medicine: The Newfoundland Experience.

Before her death in 1997, Jane Philpott was Professor Emerita in the Department of Botany and the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Duke University.

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