Green Pharmacy: The History of Western Herbal Medicine


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By Barbara Griggs
Trade paperback book
ISBN 0-89281-727-5
379 pages

Newly revised to include the latest developments in the field of herbal medicine, this compelling book presents a fascinating account of the ideas, personalities, and discoveries that have shaped the course of medicine in the Western world. Barbara Griggs provides an eloquent and engaging account of the use of herbal medicine from prehistoric times to the present, reaffirming the incalculable value of medicinal plants in the healing arts. Focusing on the professional, economic, and social forces that have periodically consigned herbal medicine to near oblivion, the author presents a powerful case for the cyclical emergence of alternative medicine at times, such as our own, when allopathic methods of treatment have list their safety and efficacy.

About the Author:

Barbara Griggs is a renowned journalist and researcher in the field of herbalism, and an Honorary Member of the National Institute for Medical Herbalists. She lives in London.

Praise for Green Pharmacy: History of Western Herbal Medicine

“A modern classic that can be consulted by all of those interested in getting a keener insight into the trials and tribulations, the pitfalls and rewards, and the history and future of drug therapy from nature.”

-from the foreword by Norman R. Farnsworth, Research Professor of Pharmocognosy at the University of Illinois Medical Center.

“A history of grassroots medicine, researched to the point where those of us who have dabbled in the subject are left feeling embarrassed at the wealth of source material that we left unread.”

-Brian Inglis, The New Scientist

“To congradulate Barbara Griggs is not only a pleasure but a duty, for she has given us a useful tool, the need of which has been felt but hitherto never filled.”

-Richard Evans Schultes, Director of the Botanical Museum at Harvard University

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Weight 1.55 lbs
Dimensions 10 × 8 × 1 in


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