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The Resource Bitter roots : the search for healing plants in Africa, Abena Dove Osseo-Asare

Bitter roots : the search for healing plants in Africa, Abena Dove Osseo-Asare

Label
Bitter roots : the search for healing plants in Africa
Title
Bitter roots
Title remainder
the search for healing plants in Africa
Statement of responsibility
Abena Dove Osseo-Asare
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
For over a century, plant specialists worldwide have sought to transform healing plants in African countries into pharmaceuticals. And for equally as long, conflicts over these medicinal plants have endured, from stolen recipes and toxic tonics to unfulfilled promises of laboratory equipment and usurped personal patents. In this book the author draws on publicly available records and extensive interviews with scientists and healers in Ghana, Madagascar, and South Africa to interpret how African scientists and healers, rural communities, and drug companies, including Pfizer, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and Unilever have sought since the 1880s to develop drugs from Africa's medicinal plants. She recalls the efforts to transform six plants into pharmaceuticals: Rosy Periwinkle, Asiatic Pennywort, Grains of Paradise, Strophanthus, Cryptolepis, and Hoodia. Through the stories of each plant, she shows that herbal medicine and pharmaceutical chemistry have simultaneous and overlapping histories that cross geographic boundaries. At the same time, she sheds new light on how various interests have tried to manage the rights to these healing plants and probes the challenges associated with assigning ownership to plants and their biochemical components. This work is an examination of the history of medicine in colonial and postcolonial Africa
Member of
Cataloging source
NLM
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Osseo-Asare, Abena Dove Agyepoma
Dewey number
615.3/21
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • portraits
Index
index present
LC call number
RS181
LC item number
.O87 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
NLM call number
  • 2014 B-554
  • QV 770 HA1
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Materia medica, Vegetable
  • Medicinal plants
  • Ethnopharmacology
  • Traditional medicine
Label
Bitter roots : the search for healing plants in Africa, Abena Dove Osseo-Asare
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 225-288) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
From plants to pharmaceuticals -- Take Madagascar Periwinkle for leukemia and Pennywort for leprosy -- Take Grains of Paradise for love -- Take arrow poisons for the heart -- Take bitter roots for malaria -- Take Kalahari Hoodia for hunger -- Toward bioprosperity
Control code
ocn871018856
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
vii, 300 pages
Isbn
9780226086026
Isbn Type
(paperback : alk. paper)
Lccn
2013020550
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other control number
40023210486
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits, maps
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780226086026
  • (OCoLC)871018856
Label
Bitter roots : the search for healing plants in Africa, Abena Dove Osseo-Asare
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 225-288) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
From plants to pharmaceuticals -- Take Madagascar Periwinkle for leukemia and Pennywort for leprosy -- Take Grains of Paradise for love -- Take arrow poisons for the heart -- Take bitter roots for malaria -- Take Kalahari Hoodia for hunger -- Toward bioprosperity
Control code
ocn871018856
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
vii, 300 pages
Isbn
9780226086026
Isbn Type
(paperback : alk. paper)
Lccn
2013020550
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other control number
40023210486
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits, maps
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780226086026
  • (OCoLC)871018856

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