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Medicine Quest : In Search of Nature's Healing Secrets

Medicine Quest : In Search of Nature's Healing Secrets - 00 edition

ISBN13: 978-0140262100

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ISBN13: 978-0140262100
ISBN10: 0140262105
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 00
Publisher: Penguin Books, Inc.
Published: 2000
International: No

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Medicine Quest : In Search of Nature's Healing Secrets - 00 edition

ISBN13: 978-0140262100

Mark Plotkin

ISBN13: 978-0140262100
ISBN10: 0140262105
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 00
Publisher: Penguin Books, Inc.

Published: 2000
International: No
Summary

In Medicine Quest, Mark Plotkin moves beyond the Amazon rainforests of his classic Tales of a Shaman's Apprentice to describe the ongoing race to find new medicines for intractable diseases such as AIDS, cancer, diabetes, and tuberculosis in far-flung places all over the world. While highlighting the unlikely marriage of natural products, indigenous wisdom, and biotechnology, Plotkin details discoveries that are producing stunning results in the laboratory: painkillers from the skin of rainforest frogs, anticoagulants from leech saliva, and antitumor agents from snake venom. An entertaining and educational weave of medicine, ecology, ethnobotany, history, exploration, and adventure, Medicine Quest will thrill scientists, naturalists, and armchair explorers, and heighten our appreciation for the inexhaustible therapeutic potential of our natural world.

Author Bio

Plotkin, Mark J. :

Mark J. Plotkin, Ph.D., an ethnobotanist, is president of the Amazon Conservation Team and research associate at the Smithsonian's Museum of Natural History. His research has been featured in Life, Newsweek, Time, Smithsonian, and The New York Times, and on PBS's Nova and the Academy Award-nominated documentary Amazon.

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