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From The CriticsReviewer: Rahmat M Talukder, Ph.D.(Southwestern Oklahoma State University College of Pharmacy)
Description: This is an extensively revised, up-to-date pharmacognosy textbook. Relevant chemical structures and tables are used throughout to help readers better understand the topics.
Purpose: Pharmacognosy deals primarily with medicinal plants, an indispensable source for modern medicine, and up-to-date information on medicinal plants is always important for those who work with medicinal agents. This book has long served its objectives well, as does this edition.
Audience: Undoubtedly, this book is valuable not only to pharmacists, but also to other clinicians as well. Anyone who wants to learn pertinent information on pharmacognosy will find this an excellent source. Dr. Evans is well known in the field and the expert contributing authors have been selected from academia as well as from industry.
Features: This edition adds new chapters to reflect new drugs that have appeared since the previous edition. The chapter on quality and standardization of natural products is a valuable addition. Discussions of toxic plants, natural pesticides, and plants in contemporary and traditional medicine should be helpful not only to pharmacists but also to other healthcare professionals. Chapters on plant morphology, taxonomy, and phytochemistry are also comprehensive and well referenced. Photographs or drawings of commonly used medicinal plants would be helpful.
Assessment: This is a world-class textbook on pharmacognosy. Discussions of the plant and animal kingdoms as sources of drugs will help anyone to understand the significance of forest medicine in our modern life. This has been a textbook in many schools for undergraduate pharmacy students, but anyone interested in learning pharmacognosy or the roots of modern medicine will find this as an excellent and authentic source.