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The late Richard Evans Schultes, Jeffrey Professor of Biology and Director of the Botanical Museum of Harvard University (Emeritus), was a plant explorer, ethnobotanist, and conservationist. He was known as the world's authority on medicinal, narcotic, and hallucinogenic plants in the New World.


"An important, in-depth academic study of a discipline for those with a serious interest in ethnobotany." --Library Journal

"An important reference for anyone interested in a whole range of fields related to plants and people from anthropology to sociology; highly recommended for all libraries." --Choice

"Readers interested in the topics will find these essays to be succinct and current overviews of each area. . . and it should be recommended to all libraries covering ethnobotany." --International Journal of Pharmacology

"There is little doubt that this reference will become a classic for teaching ethnobotany, in field work, and in laboratory research for generations to come." --Quarterly Review of Biology

"Overall, the editors did a splendid job in presenting the breadth and depth of this exciting field." --Plant Science Bulletin

"I feel that this book is an essential addition to the collection of anyone interested in ethnobotany." --Economic Botany

"Ethnobotany gives a very stimulating and useful overview of the first 100 years of this field. The book will hopefully be the basis for further theoretical and methodological developments." --Anthropos

"This volume will be a fixture in Botanical History, with thirty-six excellent articles that cover a grand variety of topics of these sciences. . . . An indispensable addition for every botanist and pharmacologist." --Tropical Biology Review

"A timely volume that presents a broad overview of ethnobotany, showing how this rapidly developing field of inquiry has evolved to its present day high degree of sophistication." --Northeastern Naturalist

"This textual benchmark in the field of ethnobotany will undoubtedly find lasting value as recommended reading for students of ethnobotany and related subjects." --Discovery

"This collection calls to anyone interested in the cultural origins of medicine, as well as the conservation of the environments from which this knowledge emanates. . . . I urge everyone interested in natural medicine to read this book. It is a literary treasure." --Library Letter

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