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The Resource Bitter roots : the search for healing plants in Africa, Abena Dove Osseo-Asare

Bitter roots : the search for healing plants in Africa, Abena Dove Osseo-Asare

Label
Bitter roots : the search for healing plants in Africa
Title
Bitter roots
Title remainder
the search for healing plants in Africa
Statement of responsibility
Abena Dove Osseo-Asare
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"For over a century, plant specialists worldwide have sought to transform healing plants in African countries into pharmaceuticals. And for equally as long, conflicts over these medicinal plants have endured, from stolen recipes and toxic tonics to unfulfilled promises of laboratory equipment and usurped personal patents. In this book the author draws on publicly available records and extensive interviews with scientists and healers in Ghana, Madagascar, and South Africa to interpret how African scientists and healers, rural communities, and drug companies, including Pfizer, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and Unilever have sought since the 1880s to develop drugs from Africa's medicinal plants. Osseo-Asare recalls the efforts to transform six plants into pharmaceuticals: rosy periwinkle, Asiatic pennywort, grains of paradise, Strophanthus, Cryptolepis, and Hoodia. Through the stories of each plant, she shows that herbal medicine and pharmaceutical chemistry have simultaneous and overlapping histories that cross geographic boundaries. At the same time, Osseo-Asare sheds new light on how various interests have tried to manage the rights to these healing plants and probes the challenges associated with assigning ownership to plants and their biochemical components. A fascinating examination of the history of medicine in colonial and postcolonial Africa, Bitter Roots will be indispensable for scholars of Africa; historians interested in medicine, biochemistry, and society; and policy makers concerned with drug access and patent rights"--Provided by publisher
Cataloging source
N$T
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Osseo-Asare, Abena Dove Agyepoma
Dewey number
615.3/21
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
RS181
LC item number
.O87 2014eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
NLM call number
QV 770 HA1
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Materia medica, Vegetable
  • Medicinal plants
  • Plants, Medicinal
  • Drug Discovery
  • Drug Industry
  • Ethnopharmacology
  • Medicine, African Traditional
  • Ownership
  • Africa
  • MEDICAL
  • Materia medica, Vegetable
  • Medicinal plants
  • Africa
  • Arzneimittelentwicklung
  • Heilpflanzen
  • Afrika
Label
Bitter roots : the search for healing plants in Africa, Abena Dove Osseo-Asare
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 249-288) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
mixed
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: From plants to pharmaceuticals -- Take Madagascar periwinkle for leukemia and pennywort for leprosy -- Take grains of paradise for love -- Take arrow poisons for the heart -- Take bitter roots for malaria -- Take Kalahari hoodia for hunger -- Conclusion: Toward bioprosperity
Control code
864899425
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (vii, 300 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780226086163
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
549317
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)864899425
Label
Bitter roots : the search for healing plants in Africa, Abena Dove Osseo-Asare
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 249-288) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
mixed
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: From plants to pharmaceuticals -- Take Madagascar periwinkle for leukemia and pennywort for leprosy -- Take grains of paradise for love -- Take arrow poisons for the heart -- Take bitter roots for malaria -- Take Kalahari hoodia for hunger -- Conclusion: Toward bioprosperity
Control code
864899425
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (vii, 300 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780226086163
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
549317
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)864899425

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