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CRC Ethnobotany Desk Reference [Hardcover]

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Dec 11 1998 084931187X 978-0849311871 1
The CRC Ethnobotany Desk Reference contains almost 30,000 concise ethnobotanical monographs of plant species characteristics and an inventory of claimed attributes and historical uses by cultures throughout the world-the most ambitious attempt to date to inventory plants on a global scale and match botanical information with historical and current uses.To obtain the same information about any species listed, you would have to thumb through hundreds of herbal guides, ethnobotanical manuals, and regional field guides. Sources for this index include the three largest U.S. Government ethnobotany databases, the U.S. National Park Service NPFlora plant inventory lists, and 18 leading works on the subject.

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The author trained as an information specialist and is to be commended for his excellent work.…I found this work to be a true labor of love.
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5.0 out of 5 stars single text survery of medicinal plants Aug. 15 2001
Format:Hardcover
An excellent encyclopedic database of the reported ethno-pharmacological and medicinal applications of a vast array of medicinal plants. Medical and dental problem organization provided in index, with the listing of the common and taxonomical names for plants, reported medical/dental applications within purported cultural and regional environments. No plant drawings or pictures available for cross reference but this publication remains an excellent "one text" reference for a rapid review of known world wide medicinal plants.
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I'm not unhappy that I bought this book, however it wasn't what I expected.
This is NOT a book with anecdotes or stories or any sort of written description about any plant. It is instead a massive database dump of thousands of plants along with a standard mini-suite of information for each of them: other names, where found, what its used for, etc. This information is presented in a non-reading friendly, compact manner.
This is strictly a reference book and not intended for actual reading or browsing. It is valuable for conducting research IN CONJUNCTION WITH OTHER RESOURCES - the web, other texts, etc. I could see it being used effectively as a cross reference for finding leads/keywords to be used to track down more information about a given plant/malady/location, etc. elsewhere.
Indispensable, but not standalone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars single text survery of medicinal plants Aug. 15 2001
By Dr Michael Colvard, DDS, MTS, MS - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
An excellent encyclopedic database of the reported ethno-pharmacological and medicinal applications of a vast array of medicinal plants. Medical and dental problem organization provided in index, with the listing of the common and taxonomical names for plants, reported medical/dental applications within purported cultural and regional environments. No plant drawings or pictures available for cross reference but this publication remains an excellent "one text" reference for a rapid review of known world wide medicinal plants.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Big book, essential resource, but VERY short on words Nov. 21 2001
By ADAM STANHOPE - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I'm not unhappy that I bought this book, however it wasn't what I expected.
This is NOT a book with anecdotes or stories or any sort of written description about any plant. It is instead a massive database dump of thousands of plants along with a standard mini-suite of information for each of them: other names, where found, what its used for, etc. This information is presented in a non-reading friendly, compact manner.
This is strictly a reference book and not intended for actual reading or browsing. It is valuable for conducting research IN CONJUNCTION WITH OTHER RESOURCES - the web, other texts, etc. I could see it being used effectively as a cross reference for finding leads/keywords to be used to track down more information about a given plant/malady/location, etc. elsewhere.
Indispensable, but not standalone.
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