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Medicine Quest: In Search of Nature's Healing Secrets

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A world renowned ethnobotanist combs the far corners of the planet to unveil nature's pharmacy and detail how scientists are harvesting it to conquer devastating diseases

In Medicine Quest, Mark Plotkin goes beyond Tales of a Shaman's Apprentice, his critically acclaimed exploration of the Amazonian jungles that has become a classic of its genre. He transports readers from
Paperback, 240 pages
Published December 1st 2001 by Penguin Books (first published 2000)
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Rosalind M
This book stresses the importance of the natural world to the continued survival of mankind and reminds us that some of our greatest medical achievements would not have occurred had we not found them already existing in a natural form. I only wish the chapter on shamans had been longer; In any case, I've been inspired to look for more information on shamanism and those who practice the traditional ways.
I read this book for a Drug Discovery and Development course I took last year. Probably the most entertaining part of the course besides the teacher.

The book is divided into chapters that share anecdotes of the author's time spent in the rainforests of South America and their connection to cutting edge medical research in the States.
This book is mostly a series of gee wiz "Ripley's Believe It or Not" type vignettes. There are threads of good information that might have made an interesting short article with some major editing.
Aug 29, 2012 Toby added it
Great anecdotes about the discovery and development of drugs from ethnic healing. Great leach and maggot stories etc.[return]
taking medicine back to nature and tribal beliefs. i loved the exploration element and candor in Plotkin's writing.
Incredibly interesting.
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