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Fundamentals of Pharmacognosy and Phytotherapy

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Foreword by A. Douglas Kinghorn Preface PART A FUNDAMENTALS OF PHARMACOGNOSY SECTION 1 Phytotherapy and pharmacognosy 1. Importance of plants in modern pharmacy and medicine 2. Pharmacognosy and its history: people, plants and natural products SECTION 2 Basic plant biology 3. General principles of botany: morphology and systematics 4. Families yielding important phytopharmaceuticals 5. Ethnobotany and ethnopharmacy SECTION 3 Natural product chemistry 6. Natural product chemistry 7. Methods in natural product chemistry 8. Anticancer natural products SECTION 4 Plant extract derived pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals 9. Production, standardization and quality control 10. Toxicity of herbal constituents 11. What makes phytomedicines unique? SECTION 5 Medicinal plants in selected healthcare systems 12. Traditional systems of herbal medicine 13. Complementary/alternative medicine PART B IMPORTANT NATURAL PRODUCTS AND PHYTOMEDICINES USED IN PHARMACY AND MEDICINE 14. The gastrointestinal and biliary system 15. The cardiovascular system 16. The respiratory system 17. The central nervous system 18. Infectious diseases 19. The endocrine system 20. The reproductive and urinary tracts 21. The musculoskeletal system 22. The skin 23. The eye 24. Ear, nose and orthopharynx 25. Miscellaneous supportive and protective therapies for stress, ageing, cancer and debility Epilogue - a personal view by J. David Phillipson Index


"I consider this book excellent value for money. Although primarily intended for pharmacy students, this is the best text in English for those studying to be nursing practitioners because of its scientific approach to complementary medicine, particularly therapies that use plant material for example herbalism, aromatherapy and homeopathy. Much of the material will be also of interest to the intelligent layperson as well as to those at postgraduate level who wish to gain background knowledge in this fascinating area of research and practice."

Nursing Times, September 2012

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