Ethnobotany and the Search for New Drugs: Symposium

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A compilation of articles by prominent experts in their respective fields on compensation for and collaboration with indigenous people in regard to their knowledge and provision of rare plants which are used for some of the most potent drugs in Western medicine.

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The symposium Fortaleza, Brazil, November to December 1993 explored how native medical knowledge among vanishing traditional peoples can help scientists discover important medicines derived from plants in habitats that are vanishing just as rapidly. The 16 papers include studies of traditional medicine in China, India, Africa, Mexico, and Brazil; suggest methods of preserving indigenous cultures and endangered habitats; and consider issues such as intellectual property rights, methods of drug research and development, and the roles of industry and anthropology. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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  • ISBN-13: 9780471950240
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/1994
  • Series: Novartis Foundation Symposia Series , #109
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 290
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.55 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Ethnobotany, drug development and biodiversity conservation - exploring the linkages 4
The ethnobotanical approach to drug discovery: strengths and limitations 25
Ethnopharmacology and drug development 42
Basic, quantitative and experimental research phases of future ethnobotany with reference to the medicinal plants of South America 60
Ethnopharmacological search for antiviral compounds: treatment of gastrointestinal disorders by Kayapo medical specialists 77
Natural product chemistry in north-eastern Brazil 95
Amazonian ethnobotany and the search for new drugs 106
African medicinal plants in the search for new drugs based on ethnobotanical leads 116
Two decades of Mexican ethnobotany and research on plant-derived drugs 130
Ethnobotany and research on medicinal plants in India 153
Ethnopharmacological investigation of Chinese medicinal plants 169
Ethnobotany and drug discovery: the experience of the US National Cancer Institute 178
From shaman to human clinical trials: the role of industry in ethnobotany, conservation and community reciprocity 197
Ethnobotany and intellectual property rights 214
Conservation and ethnobotanical exploration 229
Anthropological issues in medical ethnobotany 240
Conclusions 266
Index of contributors 269
Subject index 270
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2002

    Outstanding treatment of complex issues.

    This is by far one of the best books on the current state of ethnobotany. Although eight years old it poses questions that are still at the leading edge of a variety of fields of scientific inquiry. The sections by Prance and Farnsworth are especially noteworthy for presenting to both layman and professionals a overview of the most relevant and interesting facets of this continually emerging discipline. The structure of my undergraduate degree (BA Anthropology, Minors in Chem, Biology and Art) was based on the recommendations provided in this book. I highly recommend this to anyone interested in ethnobotany, ethnopharmacology, natural product chemistry, medicinal chemistry, or indigenous IP. A great value!

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