Edible Medicines: An Ethnopharmacology of Food

Edible Medicines: An Ethnopharmacology of Food

by Nina L. Etkin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0816527482

ISBN-13: 9780816527489

Pub. Date: 03/06/2008

Publisher: University of Arizona Press

In this wide-ranging book, Nina Etkin investigates the health implications of foods from the cuisines of peoples around the world to describe the place of food in health maintenance. She incorporates co-evolution along with a biocultural perspective in addressing some of the physiologic effects of foods across cultures and through history, while taking into account…  See more details below

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In this wide-ranging book, Nina Etkin investigates the health implications of foods from the cuisines of peoples around the world to describe the place of food in health maintenance. She incorporates co-evolution along with a biocultural perspective in addressing some of the physiologic effects of foods across cultures and through history, while taking into account both the complex dynamics of food choice and the blurred distinctions between food and medicine. Showing that food choice is more closely linked to health than is commonly thought, Etkin helps us understand the health implications of people's food-centered actions in the context of real-life circumstances. Drawing on an extensive literature that transects food and culture, the history of medicine, ethnopharmacology, food history, nutrition, and human evolution, Edible Medicines will appeal to a wide range of scholars and professionals, from anthropologists to nutritionists, as well as general readers seeking a greater understanding of the medicinal aspects of food.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816527489
Publisher:
University of Arizona Press
Publication date:
03/06/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
900,152
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1Introduction3
Ch. 2Food in the history of biomedicine44
Ch. 3Spices : the pharmacology of the exotic83
Ch. 4Fermented foods and beverages107
Ch. 5The lives of social plants134
Ch. 6Medicinal qualities of animal foods173
Ch. 7Health in the marketplace : complementary and alternative medicine, functional foods, and more204
AppSome common spices229

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