First Published in 1986. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company. Humans have long been acute observers of their biological surroundings and have been involved in dynamic relationships with ambient flora and fauna since the development of the earliest medical systems and food-getting technologies. Human-plant interactions can, then, be viewed as one expression of a population’s encounter with their environment and have been the subject of considerable interest in various disciplines which seek to understand how the use of plants affects patterns of health and disease. The aim of this volume is to promote a bio-behavioral focus for indigenous plant research.
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PART ONE THE IMPORTANCE OF MULTIDISCIPLINARY APPROACHES TO PLANT USE, PART TWO CRITERIA USED IN THE SELECTION OF MEDICINAL PLANTS, PART THREE PLANTS IN MEDICINAL AND DIETARY CONTEXTS, PART FOUR MEDICAL PANACEAS AND MISUNDERSTOOD PLANTS
NINA L. ETKIN is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Minnesota. Her research interests include medical and nutritional anthropology, human biology, ethnomedicine, and biobehavioral implications of plant use in indigenous medicine and diet.