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James Alan Duke was born in Eastlake, Alabama on April 4, 1929. He learned to play the bass fiddle in high school and began performing with Homer Briarhopper and His Dixie Dudes. At the age of 16, Duke played on a record that the band cut in Nashville. He received bachelor's, master's and doctoral vis mere degrees in botany from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. He did postdoctoral work as a professor at Washington University in St. Louis and curatorial work at the Missouri Botanical Gardens there. He worked for the Department of Agriculture eventually becoming the head of the Medicinal Plant Laboratory. He was a pioneer in ethnobotany and phytochemicals. He wrote numerous books including The Green Pharmacy: New Discoveries in Herbal Remedies for Common Diseases and Conditions from the World's Foremost Authority on Healing Herbs, Handbook of Medicinal Herbs, and The Peterson Field Guide to Medicinal Plants and Herbs of Eastern and Central North America written with Steven Foster. After retiring from the Agriculture Department, he occasionally conducted tours along the Amazon River and gave tours of his herb farm the Green Farmacy Garden. He died on December 10, 2017 at the age of 88. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre
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Værker af James A. Duke

Anesthesia Secrets (1996) 42 eksemplarer
Nature's Best Herbal Remedies (1854) 24 eksemplarer
CRC Handbook of Medicinal Spices (2002) 21 eksemplarer
Living Liqueurs (1987) 5 eksemplarer
Herb-A-Day... (2007) 5 eksemplarer
Medicinal plants of China (1985) 4 eksemplarer
Ginseng: A Concise Handbook (1989) 3 eksemplarer
Le Pouvoir des plantes (2008) 2 eksemplarer
CRC Handbook of Nuts (1988) 2 eksemplarer
Le pouvoir des plantes (2000) 1 eksemplar
Det Gronne Apotek (1998) 1 eksemplar
Culinary herbs : a potpourri (1985) 1 eksemplar

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Many of the compounds used in drugs are derived from plant compounds, so it makes sense to just go to the source like our ancestors did. The first 20 pages of this brief guide gives a good overview of medicinal herbs with ways to use them in teas, tinctures, poultices, as seasonings, and so on. This is followed by common illnesses and what herbs can be used to treat them. The ethnobotanist author writes in a friendly breezy style and usually provides three herbal remedies for each ailment. He provides a lot of warnings about consulting with your doctor, using standardized products, and keeping doses low to keep the reader out of trouble.… (mere)
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RobertOK | Oct 3, 2023 |
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Duke's knowledge and expertise in the fields of research come across loud and clear without him having to pronounce it boldly. Reading the back of the book and seeing his credentials was almost as enjoyable as reading the book itself. Much of the text is taken over with research, combined with his own uses, things he's heard, seen, and believe.

I do find a fault. I have to credit Henrietta Kress for this, though, as she said it first and I realized I agreed with her but it had never clicked with me before. One of those things you can't put your finger on:

(http://www.ibiblio.org/herbmed/faqs/medi-6-1-books.html)

""I have the 1997 edition of this. It's a book written by a researcher, not by a practitioner, and it shows in some of the herbal recommendations. Don't trust it, get one of the books written by a practitioner instead."" (End Quote)

You know, she's right in a way. I always found it strange that throughout the book he mainly suggests soups, pills bought, standardized pills, etc. He never gives many personal experiences with something other than a single remedy used as a food addition. This is not saying this book is not worth it - far from it - but it is bringing up the valid point.

Also, there is another thing that DOES bug me is the "make your own medicine" section. A few pages long, so not actually a section, but you get my drift. For tinctures he says to let it sit about a week and then strain. A week? Every other source states 2 weeks minimum. Nothing is mentioned on sun either or any heating.

Also, on salves he recommends not making your own but buying it from a store, saying that it's "messy stuff". Of course he does say that he doesn't have luck making salves, where they turn out too dry or runny, so this could be the reason he says this.

Beyond these small gripes though, this really is an excellent book. I always return to it when wondering on a condition. Sure it's not advanced herbalism in any shape or form, but it works and for good reason. He gives plenty of information and doesn't seem rushed like so many books out there do. He recommends more than just herbal remedies as well. Sometimes I don't agree with what he says, but for the majority of the time I do (and that's not the point with reviews anyway), but at least he always explains his reason. He doesn't just say: Don't take this or, This causes liver damage. He says WHY and I appreciate that.
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ErinPaperbackstash | 2 andre anmeldelser | Jun 14, 2016 |
With more than 300 photos, this new edition shows how to identify more than 500 healing plants. Descriptive text includes information on where the plants are found, as well as their known medicinal uses. An index to medical topics, symbols next to plant descriptions, and organization of plants by colors all make this an essential guide to understanding the traditional medicinal uses of the plants around us. At a time when interest in herbs and natural medicine has never been higher, the second edition of this essential guide shows how to identify more than five hundred kinds of healing plants. More than three hundred new color photos illustrate their flowers, leaves, and fruits. The updated descriptive text includes information on where the plants are found as well as their known medicinal uses. An index to medical topics is helpful for quickly locating information on specific ailments, from asthma and headaches to colds and stomachaches. Symbols next to plant descriptions give readers a quick visual alert to plants that are poisonous or may cause allergic reactions. Organized by plant color for fast identification, this guide is an indispensable tool for understanding the traditional medicinal uses of the plants and herbs around us.… (mere)
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north_berendey | 1 anden anmeldelse | Sep 17, 2012 |
Brilliant & fiarly thorough A-Z guide to treating common ailments using herbs. Introductory section on where to find/buy/collect herbs and how to preserve and prepare but the bulk of the book is the A-Z guide.
 
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