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  • Paperback: 800 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press; Abridged edition (May 13 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881929875
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881929874
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 3.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 998 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #166,430 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Philip Kienholz on June 30 2010
Format: Paperback
The introduction, "Plant Use by Native Americans" presents an interesting argument for a definition of health and well-being that is not static across cultures, and that, "Asking about the effectiveness of a not a simple biological issue but a complex problem of culture and meaning," p. 13.

The body of the book is a 490 page catalog of plants organized by scientific name, including subspecies and variety if relevant. Each entry gives one common name, with the drug usages organized alphabetically by tribe using a specific three page list of drug usage categories. Each usage is referenced to a source given in the five page, 180 item bibliography.

There are two additional comprehensive indexes of the information that is contained in the catalog of plants: an index of tribes--114 pages--with plants grouped under usages; and an index of usages--107 pages--with tribes grouped under plants. There is also a 48 page index of common plant names that are used in the original sources, each linked to a scientific name.

The book looks very useful as an organized and inexpensive reference work, an ethnobotanical dictionary as it calls itself. The specific details for using the plants would need to be garnered elsewhere. The large array of interconnected information presented here would nevertheless be valuable in providing starting points for searches and contexts for wider understanding.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
An Excellent Reference Book on Medicinal Plants Oct. 30 2010
By J Davis - Published on
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I do research on native medicinal plants and advise people on how to cultivate them or manage wild populations. This is one of the "must have" reference books sitting on a shelf in my office. Understanding how native Americans gathered and used these plants has been very helpful to me as I work with these plants. The book is sensibly organized, well written, thorough, and enjoyable to read. If you are an herbalist who uses North American herbs, a researcher studying the medicinal benefits of these herbs, or someone interested in the historical usage of these plants, I suggest you purchase this book.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Amazing reference book.....with a warning Jan. 25 2011
By Michael Cohen - Published on
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The books by Daniel E. Moerman are a must have, BUT.....choose wisely. The only reason to buy the Food Plants book is if you want only the food knowledge and not the Medicinal uses or even how the plants were used in other ways (like entertainment). If your interest is medical and not culinary, then get the Medicinal book. For me the best is the original Native American Ethnobotany because it has the edible, the medicinal and other uses of the plants. What is missing in his first book, but is in the Food Plants book are the line drawings of plants. It might be nice to add that in future publications of the Native American Ethnobotany book, but is not enough to go out and duplicate the information already printed in this fine study. Do yourself a favor and choose the complete work to the two later releases.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
The complete desk reference book Nov. 27 2009
By Royal T. Williams - Published on
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This is a very thorough desk reference. It is made easy to use with varied different indexes. With so many sources from a variety of eras gives the information real depth and a special insight to western medicine.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
An excellent reference... March 14 2011
By D. Pawl - Published on
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This book on Native American Medicinal Plants is an excellent and well written resource, for anyone interested in learning more about the native plant world, the tribes and the native habitat that the plants can be found. This is a great reference, for students of plant science or healers. These are sacred plants and to be used in a respectful manner. I am sure that people reading this book already know this, if they are taking the time to read this piece of literature - for educational and healing purposes. I am in gratitude to the author for making such great efforts to gather this information for the public.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Good for research and use July 4 2013
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I purchased the book as a gift for one researching a story. It became a valuable tool in
the research and also provided information for personal use. Well received and used

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