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Medical Botany: Plants Affecting Human Health

By: Walter H Lewis(Author), Memory PF Lewis(Author)

704 pages, illustrations, tables

John Wiley & Sons

Hardback | Sep 2003 | Edition: 2 | #136658 | ISBN: 0471628824
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About this book

- Organized by body system and ailment makes it easy to locate appropriate therapies.
- Includes background on the physiology of major systems and ailments so readers can understand how and why a pharmaceutical, botanical, or dietary supplement works.
- Broad coverage includes green plants, fungi, and microorganisms.
- Includes extensive references and citations from both conventional and complimentary-alternative medical systems when natural products or their derivatives are involved.

New to This Edition:
- Richly illustrated and expanded
- Addresses the injurious, remedial, and psychoactive properties of thousands of plants, fungi, and microorganisms
- Each chapter focuses on a body system and thoroughly discusses how pharmaceuticals, botanicals, and dietary supplements affect its function in both normal and disease states.

" [...] an extremely good read [...] a productive mine of information [...] laced liberally with humour, human observation and practical examples [...] "
- Plant Talk, May 2004


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1. Introduction
2. Complementary and Alternative Medicine

3. Internal Poisons
4. Immune System and Cell Modifiers
5. Allergies

6. Cancer
7. Musculoskeletal System
8. Peripheral Nervous System
9. Heart and Circulation
10. Metabolism
11. Sensory Organs: Eye and Ear
12. Oral Hygiene
13. Gastrointestinal Tract
14. Respiratory System
15. Urogenital System
16. Skin
17. Deterrents: Antibiotics, Antiseptics, Pesticides, and Herbicides
18. Panaceas, Adaptogens, and Tonics

19. Central Nervous System and Psychiatry
20. Stimulants
21. Hallucinogens
22. Depressants

Appendix A: Outline Classification of Plants
Appendix B: Bibliography of Traditional and Herbal Medicine and Ethnobotany

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Walter H. Lewis, PhD, DSc, is Professor Emeritus of Biology and University Research Ethnobotanist at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. He is also Senior Botanist at the Missouri Botanical Garden.

Memory P. F. Elvin-Lewis, PhD, DSc, is Professor of Biomedicine in Microbiology and Ethnobotany, and Adjunct Professor of Biology at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

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