222 pages, colour photos, illustrations, tables
Language: Chinese with English preface and foreword
Musk deer (Moschus) are among the most valuable of the game animals of China. The secretion from the preputial gland of males, known as musk, is an indispensable ingredient of much traditional Chinese medicine. Musk is familiar not only because of its remarkable medicinal effects, but it also a favorite material for perfume manufacture. Over the long period of its use, musk has been credited with saving lives throughout history and among Chinese people is widely regarded as a key medicine.
What this monograph presents to readers is the conclusions from the scientific research undertaken by the author over last 20 years. The monograph covers the issues of the musk deer's ecology, classification, farming and conservation, focusing on the restoration of the wild musk deer population as well as sustainable use of the domestic resource. The author's conclusions are supported by an enormous amount of data from field investigations and laboratory research as well as from the study of captive stock, and the inclusion of pictures enhance its readability.
Chapter I The biology of the musk deer
Chapter II The ecology of the musk deer
Chapter III The captive program for musk deer in China
Chapter IV Musk and its pharmacodynamics
Chapter V The conservation and sustainable use of musk deer
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