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Medicinal Plants in Folk Tradition: An Ethnobotany of Britain and Ireland

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By: David E Allen and Gabrielle Hatfield

396 pages, 43131 col photos, 56 b/w illus, 1 map

Timber Press

Hardback | Apr 2004 | #144605 | ISBN: 0881926388
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This book chronicles the medicinal uses of more than 400 species commonly used in Britain and Ireland. The book includes chosen illustrations from herbals such as those by Bock, Fuchs and Brunfels, and a selection of colour photographs by Deni Brown.

This is an extraordinary work, which organises what we know on a systematic taxonomic basis, evaluates the accuracy of numerous individual records, and provides tantalising glimpses of what might be learned from studying the distribution of the remedies. There can be no doubt that it will quickly establish itself as the premier reference on its subject. -- Roy Ellen New Scientist 20040502 Perfect for plant lovers, historians, and those interested in folklore. Bookseller 20040409 Well illustrated, scholarly and written in engaging prose, a wonderful reference book. Permaculture Magazine 20041021 Medicinal Plants in Folk Tradition is not a self-help manual providing recipes for herbal medicines, but rather, invaluably, the two authors have set down systematically the lore that has survived in unpublished and published sources so that it is accessible and retrievable. -- Charles Nelson Garden (Peterborough) 20040721 This scholarly pair has produced an excellent work that combines impressive historical erudition with professional botanical expertise. -- Armando Gonzalez Stuart HerbalGram 20041123 If your interests lie in European ethnobotany or English floristics, this book is a bargain not to be missed. -- Wendy L. Applequist Systematic Botany 20041220 At an academic level, this is a very valuable contribution to British ethnobotany. At a less academic level, it would make an equally valuable contribution to anyone's bookshelf or bedside table. -- William Milliken Plantlife 20041220 Britain's inherited knowledge of herbal medicine is a precious and dwindling resource. This book offers a formal collation of this wisdom and knowledge. -- Ed Ikin Chelsea Physic Garden Magazine 20041228 Just another herb book? No! [This book] takes a fresh approach to presenting seldom seen data in a single source. -- Steven Foster HerbalGram 20050225 I found this a fascinating book. -- Freda Turtle London Naturalist 20040303 A superior unique resource that was 16 years in the making, and is recommended for all collections with an emphasis in medicinal plants. -- Kathy Fescemyer 20041203 This is an extraordinary work... There can be no doubt whatsoever that it will quickly establish itself as the premier reference on its subject. -- Roy Ellen New Scientist 20040522 The book brings together a wealth of scattered and unpublished information, filling in details of medicinal usage of plants often omitted in ethnobotanical works that concentrate on folklore and, to a lesser extent, the economic value of wild flora. Plant Talk 20050112 This was an ambitious scholarly work and, in light of the resurging interest in traditional and folk medicine, it is worthwhile to examine this book. -- Lynette Y. Wong Plant Science Bulletin 20050412 This fascinating title is matched by an equally fascinating text. Highland News 20041112 Written in an easy-to-read flowing style, this book is packed with fascinating information on British and Irish folk remedies. -- Laura Hastings Kew 20040425 [The indexes] add greatly to the reference value of the book, although the authors' lively writing style is an invitation for casual reading as well. -- Barbara MacAlpine American Reference Books Annual 20050511 This book brings together a wealth of scattered and unpublished information, filling in details of medicinal usage of plants often omitted in ethnobotanical works that concentrate on folklore and, to a lesser extent, the economic value of wild flora. Plant Talk 20050116 A fascinating look at a large body of information on medicinal plant use by "common folk," representing traditions going back hundreds of years. Will interest readers from many subject backgrounds. -- Charlotte Tancin Huntia 20050629 A fascinating look at a large body of information on medicinal plant use by 'common folk,' representing traditions going back hundreds of years. -- Charlotte Tancin Huntia 20050101


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Biography

David E. Allen studied archaeology and anthropology at Cambridge. An long interest in field botany led to his becoming president and an honorary member of the Botanical Society of the British Isles, and past president of the Society for the History of Natural History, which has awarded him a Founder's Medal for his substantial contribution to the study of the history of natural history. He is the author of numerous botanical books. Gabrielle Hatfield studied botany at Cambridge, followed by a doctorate from Edinburgh on the history of the use of plants in medicine in Scotland. Her research on plant remedies in East Anglia was recognized by the award of the Michaelis-Jena Ratcliff Prize. She is a research associate at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and a member of the council of management of Ethnomedica, an organization formed to collect and preserve a fast-disappearing aspect of the British heritage - its medicinal plant traditions.

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