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Medicinal plants of the world : chemical constituents, traditional, and modern medicinal uses
Ross, Ivan A.
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volumes <1-2 > : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm

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RS164 .R676 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
RS164 .R676 1999 V. 2 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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An extraordinary compendium of information on herbal medicine Medicinal Plants major book's detailed clinical

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Booklist Review

Written by a biologist from the Food and Drug Administration who has studied medicinal plants extensively, this book explains the nomenclature and descriptive terminology used in classification. The plants are listed alphabetically by their Latin names. Each entry includes the common names in various countries, a small black-and-white photograph, the chemical constituents, pharmacological activity, and clinical trials.

Choice Review

Ross's title is possibly misleading because he discusses only 26 plants. The first chapter is an illustrated glossary of botanical terms. For the selected plants the author has included the scientific name and finder, a small picture, a list of common names and the country where that name is used, a brief botanical description, the plant family name, the place of origin and present distribution, traditional medicinal uses, chemical constituents, and pharmacological activities and trials. The traditional medicinal uses, pharmacological activities, and trials are all referenced from an extensive bibliography of approximately 1,600 items. An alphabetical list of all common names used in the book includes the country where that name is used and the reference plant. A second glossary primarily of medical terms also includes some terms found in chapter 1. An insert of four pages presents in color the picture included with the plant name for 24 of the 26 plants. Unfortunately there are a few typographical errors, inconsistencies, misstatements, and jumbled sentences. A book for the professional interested in medicinal, chemical, and pharmaceutical aspects of plants. C. T. Mason Jr.; emeritus, University of Arizona

Table of Contents

Nomenclature and Descriptive Terminology
Abrus precatorius
Allium sativum
Aloe vera
Annona muricata
Cassia alata
Catharanthus roseus
Cymbopogon citratus
Cyperus rotundus. ibiscus rosa-sinensis
Hibiscus sabdariffa
Jatropa curcas
Lantana camara
Macuna pruriens
Mangifera indica
Manihot esculenta
Momordica charantia
Moringa pterygosperma
Persea americana
Phyllanthus niruri
Portulaca oleracea
Psidium guajava
Punica granatum
Syzygium cumini
Tamarindus indica