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Plants: On the Interface of Ethnobotany and Medical Anthropology: On the Interface of Ethnobotany and Medical Anthropology Harris Stephen Hsu Elisabeth

Plants: On the Interface of Ethnobotany and Medical Anthropology: On the Interface of Ethnobotany and Medical Anthropology

Harris Stephen Hsu Elisabeth

Published May 14th 2014
ISBN : 9781845458218
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320 pages
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Plants have cultural histories, as their applications change over time and with place. Some plant species have affected human cultures in profound ways, such as the stimulants tea and coffee from the Old World, or coca and quinine from South America.MorePlants have cultural histories, as their applications change over time and with place. Some plant species have affected human cultures in profound ways, such as the stimulants tea and coffee from the Old World, or coca and quinine from South America. Even though medicinal plants have always attracted considerable attention, there is surprisingly little research on the interface of ethnobotany and medical anthropology. This volume, which brings together (ethno-)botanists, medical anthropologists and a clinician, makes an important contribution towards filling this gap. It emphasises that plant knowledge arises situationally as an intrinsic part of social relationships, that herbs need to be enticed if not seduced by the healers who work with them, that herbal remedies are cultural artefacts, and that bioprospecting and medicinal plant discovery can be viewed as the epitome of a long history of borrowing, stealing and exchanging plants.