Green Pharmacy: The History and Evolution of Western Herbal Medicine

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Including the latest developments in the field of herbal medicine, this classic bestseller presents a fascinating account of the ideas, personalities, advances, and vicissitudes that have shaped the course of medicine and pharmacology in the Western world. The author provides an eloquent and engaging account of the use of herbal medicine from prehistoric times to the present, reaffirming the incalculable value of medicinal plants in the healing arts. She presents a strong case for the cyclical emergence of ...

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Overview

Including the latest developments in the field of herbal medicine, this classic bestseller presents a fascinating account of the ideas, personalities, advances, and vicissitudes that have shaped the course of medicine and pharmacology in the Western world. The author provides an eloquent and engaging account of the use of herbal medicine from prehistoric times to the present, reaffirming the incalculable value of medicinal plants in the healing arts. She presents a strong case for the cyclical emergence of alternative medicine at times (such as our own) when allopathic methods of treatment have lost their safety and efficacy.

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Editorial Reviews

HerbalGram
"Probably the most definitive history of the origin and development of herbal medicine in the West . . . should be required reading for every herbalist, pharmacist, physician, and regulatory official."
Brian Inglis
"A history of grass-roots medicine, researched to the point where those of us who have dabbled in the subject are left feeling embarrassed at the wealth of source material that we left unread."
Richard Evans Schultes
"To congratulate Barbara Griggs is not only a pleasure but a duty, for she has given us a useful tool, the need of which has been felt but hitherto never filled."
Yoga Journal
"Well researched, highly readable, and ultimately entertaining."
Napra Review
"This meticulously referenced, captivating book is guaranteed to hold surprises even for those who consider themselves well-informed on the topic."
American Herb Association
"Here are the highs and lows, the compassion and the competition and the pain and the joys of 2000 plus years of western herbal medicine. Well-written and extensive."
Norman R. Farnsworth
"A modern classic that can be consulted by all of those interested in getting a keener insight into the trials and tribulations, the pitfalls and rewards, and the history and future of drug therapy from nature."
From the foreword by Norman R. Farnsworth
"A modern classic that can be consulted by all of those interested in getting a keener insight into the trials and tribulations, the pitfalls and rewards, and the history and future of drug therapy from nature."
The New Scientist Brian Inglis
"A history of grass-roots medicine, researched to the point where those of us who have dabbled in the subject are left feeling embarrassed at the wealth of source material that we left unread."
Jeffrey Professor of Biology and Director of the B Richard Evans Schultes
"To congratulate Barbara Griggs is not only a pleasure but a duty, for she has given us a useful tool, the need of which has been felt but hitherto never filled."
Jeffrey Professor of Biology and Director of the B Richard Evans Schultes
"To congratulate Barbara Griggs is not only a pleasure but a duty, for she has given us a useful tool, the need of which has been felt but hitherto never filled."
From the Publisher
"Here are the highs and lows, the compassion and the competition and the pain and the joys of 2000 plus years of western herbal medicine. Well-written and extensive."

"This meticulously referenced, captivating book is guaranteed to hold surprises even for those who consider themselves well-informed on the topic."

"To congratulate Barbara Griggs is not only a pleasure but a duty, for she has given us a useful tool, the need of which has been felt but hitherto never filled."

"Well researched, highly readable, and ultimately entertaining."

"A modern classic that can be consulted by all of those interested in getting a keener insight into the trials and tribulations, the pitfalls and rewards, and the history and future of drug therapy from nature."

"Probably the most definitive history of the origin and development of herbal medicine in the West . . . should be required reading for every herbalist, pharmacist, physician, and regulatory official."

"A history of grass-roots medicine, researched to the point where those of us who have dabbled in the subject are left feeling embarrassed at the wealth of source material that we left unread."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780892817276
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
  • Publication date: 10/28/1997
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 806,599
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Griggs, a renowned journalist and researcher in the field of herbalism, is also the author of The Green Witch Herbal. She lives in London. 

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Table of Contents

Foreword to the Second Edition by Michael McIntyre
 
Foreword by Norman Farnsworth 

Preface 

Acknowledgments
 
1. The Medicine of Mankind 

2. Medicine in Transition
 
3. The New Disease and the New Medicine
 
4. The Revolutionary

5. The Quacks' Charter 

6. 'All Manner of Minerals' 

7. 'Galen or Paracelsus?' 

8. The Seventeenth-Century Superwoman
 
9. Indian Physic
 
10. 'Horrid Electuaries'
 
11. 'Systematic Slaughter'
 
12. The English Practice
 
13. The Foxglove Saga 

14. Heroic Medicine
 
15. Roots and Herbs 

16. Botanic Warfare 

17. The Age of Calomel
 
18. 'Coffinism' 

19. Dr. Coffin versus Dr. Skelton 

20. Fruitless Medication
 
21. Regulars and Rivals
 
22. Magic Bullets 

23. Return to Nature
 
24. The Price of Miracles 

25. The French Lesson
 
26. Into Europe 

27. Phytomedicines
 
28. 'The Green People'
 
29. Burning the Library of Amazonia 

30. Herbal Futures 

Notes 

Bibliography 

Index 

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