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Plants That Kill: A Natural History of the World's Most Poisonous Plants

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A full-color illustrated guide to the natural history of the most poisonous plants on earth

This richly illustrated book provides an in-depth natural history of the most poisonous plants on earth, covering everything from the lethal effects of hemlock and deadly nightshade to the uses of such plants in medicine, ritual, and chemical warfare.

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Hardcover, 224 pages
Published March 6th 2018 by Princeton University Press
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Jennifer
Jan 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is a must-have...if you are a misanthropic botanist with an extensive poison book collection and a nerdy interest in organic chemistry. How marvelous would it be to leave this book lying casually out on the coffee table so that guests might peruse it while you put up tea and scones in the kitchen? Are those cranberries in the scones or baneberries? Hmm...

Plants That Kill is basically an Eyewitness book for toxicophile adults. There are lots of glossy photos of the plants in question, but a
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fióka
Mar 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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This is one fantastic book on plant toxicity. The new edition is a wonderfully illustrated, good quality book for both the experts and the non-professionals alike. It explores through ten chapters the ways in which plant toxins can interact with the normal bodily functions of mammals and it is organized by poisoning mechanisms, it discusses the evolution of these toxins, the biochemistry of the plants. It is simply beautiful! As someone said, it has everything but dosage information and that is ...more
Hayley
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful coffee-table science book that contains: 1. Pretty plant pictures. 2. Molecular diagrams and 3. (my favorite) discussion about the evolutionary origins of different plant toxicants! I highly approve of the way it is organized -- after brief intro-to-the-relevant-science-for-the-layperson chapters, it is organized by different poisoning mechanisms. This is so much better than other books I have read on the topic that are mostly just field guides listing different toxic plants ...more
Jack
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Have to admit that some of the chemistry went a bit over my head (there's a glossary in the back that might be helpful), but it's a beautifully designed book with a lot of great information on toxic plants and how they affect humans and animals. Recommended. ...more
Mike
Jan 22, 2020 rated it liked it
At one level I found this book fascinating, at another I thought it seriously short of information.

The science parts of it were extremely detailed, especially the chemistry behind the poisons. The way the book is structured, by grouping plants having similar toxicological affects on not only humans, but animals and even insects, was very informative.

The definition of "plants" includes flowering plants, a few non-flowering plants, and excludes all the moss family. Fungi are excluded. Fair enough
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Kelly Martin
Aug 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is a breast resource book. Some great and new information included ng that fiddle heads can be poisonous. Not surprising given his they taste!
Kat
May 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: personal-library
Really good reference book if you are writing about poisons!
Elizabeth
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Useful.
Rudi
Nov 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Als ik kon gaf ik het boek 6 sterren , hoewel ik moeilijk kan controleren of alles up to date is ( klopt) in dit boek
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