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The Natural History of Medicinal Plants

By Judith Sumner

Wild and cultivated plants have provided humans with cures for thousands of years. Aspirin, for example, the most widely used drug in the Western pharmacopoeia, was first isolated from willows to treat fever, pain, and inflammation. Writing for the lay reader, the author surveys the history of the use of plants in medicine, the range of chemicals produced by plants, and the prospects for future discoveries.

About the author

Judith Sumner

Judith Sumner is a popular lecturer for botanical and horticultural organizations, ranging from various garden clubs to the New York Botanical Garden. Her lectures are attended by inquisitive students of all ages, and she has been honored with awards for excellence in teaching.

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