Plants, Health and Healing: On the Interface of Ethnobotany and Medical Anthropology

Plants, Health and Healing: On the Interface of Ethnobotany and Medical Anthropology


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780857456335
Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated
Publication date: 03/01/2012
Series: Epistemologies of Healing , #6
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 328
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Elisabeth Hsu is Reader in Social Anthropology at the University of Oxford, where she has convened its master’s courses in medical anthropology since 2001. Based on her earlier studies in biology (botany), linguistics and sinology, she has published widely on the history and anthropology of Chinese medicine.

Stephen Harris was awarded a Ph.D. in plant systematics from the University of St. Andrews in 1990. He has been the Druce Curator of Oxford University Herbaria since 1995 and has published over 50 peer-reviewed papers on genetics and systematics associated with the evolutionary consequences of plant-human interactions.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

List of Tables

List of Contributors


Elisabeth Hsu


Editorial introduction

Stephen Harris

Chapter 1. Non-native plants and their medicinal uses

Stephen Harris

Chapter 2. Qinghao.. (Herba Artemisiae annuae ) in the Chinese materia medica

Elisabeth Hsu (in consultation with Frederic Obringer )


Editorial introduction

Stephen Harris

Chapter 3. Shamanic plants and gender in the Peruvian Upper Amazon

Francoise Barbira Freedman

Chapter 4. Persons, plants and relations: treating childhood illness in a western Kenyan village

P. Wenzel Geissler and Ruth J. Prince

Plant Portraits

Editorial introduction

Stephen Harris

Chapter 5. East goes West. Ginkgo biloba and dementia

Sir John Grimley Evans

Chapter 6. Medicinal, stimulant and ritual plant use: an ethnobotany of caffeine-containing plants

Caroline S. Weckerle , Verena Timbul and Philip Blumenshine


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