Medicinal Plants in Folk Tradition: An Ethnobotany of Britain & Ireland

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Timber Press, 2004 - Nature - 431 pages
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Assembled by two of the most distinguished botanical and ethnological scholars in Britain, this book chronicles the medicinal uses of more than 400 species used by the plain folk of Britain and Ireland. The history of these plants' usages has been mined from rich firsthand accounts captured by surveys, from more than 1000 manuscript volumes of the Irish Folklore Commission, and from close to 300 other published and unpublished sources. The book includes chosen illustrations from herbals such as those by Bock, Fuchs, and Brunfels, and a selection of color photographs by Deni Bown.

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David E. Allen studied archaeology and anthropology at Cambridge. An long interest in field botany led to his becoming president and an honorary member of the Botanical Society of the British Isles, and past president of the Society for the History of Natural History, which has awarded him a Founder's Medal for his substantial contribution to the study of the history of natural history. He is the author of numerous botanical books.

Gabrielle Hatfield studied botany at Cambridge, followed by a doctorate from Edinburgh on the history of the use of plants in medicine in Scotland. Her research on plant remedies in East Anglia was recognised by the award of the Michaelis-Jena Ratcliff Prize. She is a research associate at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and a member of the council of management of Ethnomedica, an organisation formed to collect and preserve a fast-disappearing aspect of the British heritage - its medicinal plant traditions.

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