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Medicinal and Other Uses of North American Plants: A Historical Survey with Special Reference to the Eastern Indian Tribes par [Erichsen-Brown, Charlotte]
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Spanning the last 500 years, this exceptionally detailed and well-researched guide focuses primarily on the ways North American Indians have used plants, trees, and shrubs for medicine, food, clothing, shelter, and other necessities. The plants considered are native to eastern Canada and the northeastern United States, although some are also found as far south as Florida and Texas and as far west as the Pacific coast.
In addition to extensive chronological historical citations dealing with documented usages of plants as far back as the fourteenth century, this book also provides data to enable even amateur botanists to identify plants in the field. Thus, accounts of herbalists, explorers, botanists, doctors, and scientists are accompanied by useful information about the plant’s range, common and scientific names, nontechnical physical description and more. To make the book especially easy to use, plants are grouped according to habitat: wet open places, woods and thickets, and dry open places. Moreover, a detailed line drawing of the plant’s leaves, buds, twigs, seeds, and other characteristic features accompanies the textual descriptions.
Scholarly, yet readable, exceptionally thorough but never dull, this classic reference belongs in the library of botanists, naturalists, herbalists, ethnologists, archaeologists — anyone interested in the long and fascinating story of how plants have served humanity.
“Charlotte Erichsen-Brown is a noted and inspired student of the ethnobotany of eastern North America. She has completed a study of great imagination and energy. Whether on a library’s reference shelf or in a backpack along the trail, her work will inform and educate, and often amaze.” — J. L. Riley, Botany Department, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 30693 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 546 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 048625951X
  • Editeur : Dover Publications (9 janvier 2013)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00A3YEPZ4
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Delightful as ethnobotany 10 décembre 2000
Par Lynn B Flewelling - Publié sur
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I was drawn to this book because I recognized so many familiar plants from my childhood among the drawings. I never suspected that the humble jewel weed or stinking Benjamins had ever had any medicinal uses. It's a very entertaining and enlightening read.
The title is somewhat misleading. I would caution anyone against using this as a serious herbal medicine text. The entries are of historical rather than medical significance, but that does lessen its wide ranging appeal. Use it to extend your knowledge and enrich your walks in the woods of the north east.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Wonderful historical accounts 15 mai 2009
Par Elizabeth R. Olson - Publié sur
Format: Broché
I love this book! Not only does it provide a great historical compilation of how Native Americans (and early settlers) used these plants... but it has become a handy "field guide" for me because of the great illustrations and grouping by growing conditions. Would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in how Native Americans used these plants. Fascinating read. (The only thing I would like to see in the book would be even more plants. For some reason, I don't believe basics like ginseng or goldenseal were listed. It does contain a plethora of information on hundreds of other plants, however.)
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Wish I'd gone to the library. 15 janvier 2012
Par Hannah KE Anderson - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
I was really excited about this book and was expecting analysis. There is barely any analysis or narrative. After a tedious introduction that didn't give much insight into how Native Americans used herbs, the author presents the various native woodland plants in a format like most field guides. After each plant, she lists historical quotes about the herbs and puts tribal names in caps. There are some great quotes. It's a pretty cool reference, and as a lover of native plants, I will keep it. However, I really wanted more on how different tribes used the herbs in everyday life. If it were an e-book or in some digital format, it would be much more useful, because you could search it easily. The index only lists plant names, not tribal names. The Peterson Field Guide is much more to the point and better edited. I'm bummed. Based on the title and reviews, I was expecting an historical, ethnobotanical account of native plant use by Natives. You can get some of that information out after a lot of work and doing your own analysis.

*** OK, after having this book for a few weeks, I'm really glad I kept it. It's an amazing reference for identifying and learning about woodland plants. Also, the line drawings are really nice for identification. The author put a tremendous amount of work into this book, and I've been enjoying it. Some of the historical quotes are hilarious. Also, as a note, this is not intended as a guide to making herbal remedies or using native plants as herbal remedies.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 There is no other book like this! I first came across it at the ... 19 juillet 2016
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur
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There is no other book like this! I first came across it at the University of British Columbia bookstoer back in 1981 but had failed to obtain a copy of it for my own sake. The book is a profound compendium of ethno-botanical knowledge, thoroughly researched. The book also provides hundreds of references dating back as far as the 16th century. I remembered using quotes and notes from this book for an ethnobotanical presentation I gave in a 4th year biology course at university. My prof. a biochemist, coincidentally had a copy of it his office library. This book is not for the superficial person who wants pretty pictures and recipes. It is for those who really have a serious interest in nature, plants, and human history of their use, and the time to read. It is tedious reading, but fascinating! What makes this book particularly relevant and valuable to me is that is focuses on plant usage by amerindians and settlers in Eastern North America and Canada.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 One of the Best 8 février 2016
Par Clarence - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Simply one of the best and most informative plant use books I've encountered. Each plant is listed with direct quotes from numerous historical documents, some very old, some more modern, some believable, some not, but all fascinating. The compiler did not feel it necessary to add preachy commentary, which is refreshing. A treasure trove of information. I bought this new copy for a friend since my own has my notes and dye-plant stains on it. Practical and entertaining!
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