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Ethnobotany and the Search for New Drugs

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Ethnobotany and the Search for New Drugs

Derek J. Chadwick (Editor), Joan Marsh (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-470-51464-1 April 2008 290 Pages

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A compilation of articles by prominent experts in their respective fields on compensation for and collaboration with indigenous people in regard to their knowledge and provision of rare plants which are used for some of the most potent drugs in Western medicine.
Partial table of contents:

Ethnobotany, Drug Development and Biodiversity Conservation—Exploring the Linkages (M. Balick).

The Ethnobotanical Approach to Drug Discovery: Strengths and Limitations (P. Cox).

Basic, Quantitative and Experimental Research Phases of Future Ethnobotany with Reference to the Medicinal Plants of South America (W. Lewis & M. Elvin-Lewis).

Ethnopharmacological Search for Antiviral Compounds: Treatment of Gastrointestinal Disorders by Kayapó Medical Specialists (E. Elisabetsky & D. Posey).

Natural Product Chemistry in North-Eastern Brazil (A. Craveiro, et al.).

African Medicinal Plants in the Search for New Drugs Based on Ethnobotanical Leads (M. Iwu).

Two Decades of Mexican Ethnobotany and Research on Plant-Derived Drugs (X. Lozoya).

Ethnobotany and Intellectual Property Rights (J. Barton).

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