Plants in Indigenous Medicine & Diet: Biobehavioral Approaches

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Nina Lilian Etkin
Psychology Press, 1986 - Social Science - 336 pages
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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Contents

PART TWO Criteria USED IN THE SELECTION
31
Chapter Three Therapeutic Rationale of Plants Used to Treat Dental
48
Chapter Four Folk Anticancer Plants Containing Antitumor
70
A New Approach
91
Evaluation of Therapeutic
113
PART three PLANTS IN MEDICINAL AND DiETARY
129
Chapter Eight Dietary and Therapeutic Uses of Fruit in Three Taita
151
Effects
171
A Model of Nutrition
211
Chapter Twelve CoumarinContaining Plants and Serum Albumin
229
Chapter Thirteen High Blood Pressure Medicinal Plant Use
252
Chapter Fourteen Chemical Selection in Andean Domesticated Tubers
266
PART FOUR MEDICAL PANACEAS AND MISUNDERSTOOD
289
Coca in Andean
306

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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.

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