A Reference Guide to Medicinal Plants: Herbal Medicine Past and Present: Reference Guide to Medicinal Plants v. 2

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Reissued as a companion edition to Trying to Give Ease: Tommie Bass and the Story of Herbal Medicine, this illustrated reference guide covers over 700 medicinal plants, of which more than 150 are readily obtainable in health food stores and other outlets. Based on the Appalachian herbal practice of the late A. L. "Tommie" Bass, each account of a plant includes the herbalist’s comment, an assessment of the plant’s efficacy, and current information on its chemical constituents and pharmacological effects. Unlike most herbal guides, this is a comprehensive, fully documented reference work that interweaves scientific evaluation with folkloric use.

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"Unlike most herbal guides, this is a comprehensive, fully documented reference work that interweaves scientific evaluation with folkloric use."
--Bulletin of Science, Technology, & Society

""Trying to Give Ease" and "A Reference Guide to Medicinal Plants" are two of the best resources I've come across. The second volume of the set, "Reference Guide to Medicinal Plants," is a veritable feast of herbal knowledge. This is the first book I reach for when I'm researching the uses of a plant."
--"Appalachian Journal"

"When noted Purdue pharmacognosist Varro Tyler reviewed the "Reference Guide to Medicinal Plants" upon its original publication, he called it one of 'the best available' historical commentaries on herbs in the English language. This assessment still stands. . . . [T]he usefulness of this book for the historian and even the clinician interested in the background and context of these medicinal plants is undeniable. It should occupy an important place in the library of everyone interested in the historical development of the American materia medica and its role in providing an important component in the spectrum of therapeutic choices available at the grassroots level."
--"Bulletin of the History of Medicine"

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John K. Crellin, Clinch Professor of the History of Medicine at Memorial University of Newfoundland, is a physician, pharmacist, and historian. His books include Medical Ceramics in the Wellcome Institute and Home Medicine: The Newfoundland Experience.

Before her death in 1997, Jane Philpott was Professor Emerita in the Department of Botany and the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Duke University.

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