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The Resource The ethnobotany of Eden : rethinking the jungle medicine narrative, Robert A. Voeks

The ethnobotany of Eden : rethinking the jungle medicine narrative, Robert A. Voeks

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The ethnobotany of Eden : rethinking the jungle medicine narrative
Title
The ethnobotany of Eden
Title remainder
rethinking the jungle medicine narrative
Statement of responsibility
Robert A. Voeks
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"In the mysterious and pristine forests of the tropics, a wealth of ethnobotanical panaceas and shamanic knowledge promises cures for everything from cancer and AIDS to the common cold. To access such miracles, we need only to discover and protect these medicinal treasures before they succumb to the corrosive forces of the modern world. A compelling biocultural story, certainly, and a popular perspective on the lands and peoples of equatorial latitudes--but true? Only in part. In The Ethnobotany of Eden, geographer Robert A. Voeks unravels the long lianas of history and occasional strands of truth that gave rise to this irresistible jungle medicine narrative. By exploring the interconnected worlds of anthropology, botany, and geography, Voeks shows that well-intentioned scientists and environmentalists originally crafted the jungle narrative with the primary goal of saving the world's tropical rainforests from destruction. It was a strategy deployed to address a pressing environmental problem, one that appeared at a propitious point in history just as the Western world was taking a more globalized view of environmental issues. And yet, although supported by science and its practitioners, the story was also underpinned by a persuasive mix of myth, sentimentality, and nostalgia for a long-lost tropical Eden. Resurrecting the fascinating history of plant prospecting in the tropics, from the colonial era to the present day, The Ethnobotany of Eden rewrites with modern science the degradation narrative we've built up around tropical forests, revealing the entangled origins of our fables of forest cures."--Publisher's description
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ICU/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1950-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Voeks, Robert A.
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
GN476.73
LC item number
.V64 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Ethnobotany
  • Traditional medicine
  • SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Botany
  • Ethnobotany
  • Traditional medicine
  • Tropics
Label
The ethnobotany of Eden : rethinking the jungle medicine narrative, Robert A. Voeks
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 265-307) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
God's medicine chest -- Terra mythica -- People in the forest -- Green gold -- Weeds in the garden -- Gender and healing -- Immigrant ethnobotany -- Forgetting the forest -- Environmental narratives
Control code
1004256540
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 321 pages
Isbn
9780226547718
Lccn
2017042871
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
  • 40028300480
  • 99978032608
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)1004256540
Label
The ethnobotany of Eden : rethinking the jungle medicine narrative, Robert A. Voeks
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 265-307) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
God's medicine chest -- Terra mythica -- People in the forest -- Green gold -- Weeds in the garden -- Gender and healing -- Immigrant ethnobotany -- Forgetting the forest -- Environmental narratives
Control code
1004256540
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 321 pages
Isbn
9780226547718
Lccn
2017042871
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
  • 40028300480
  • 99978032608
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)1004256540

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