Medicine Quest: In Search of Nature's Healing Secrets

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Penguin Books, Nov 9, 2001 - Family & Relationships - 224 pages
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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.

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In Tales of a Shaman's Apprentice, ethnobotanist Plotkin recounted his search for new medicines in the Amazon rain forest. Here he goes beyond the Amazon to discuss some of the most important ... Read full review

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Chapter Two The Eternal Quest
Chapter Three The Fungus Among Us
Chapter Four Drugs from Bugs

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About the author (2001)

Mark Plotkin is an ethnobotanist. He lives in Virginia.

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