Bitter Roots: The Search for Healing Plants in Africa by Abena Dove Osseo-Asare PDF

By Abena Dove Osseo-Asare

ISBN-10: 022608552X

ISBN-13: 9780226085524

ISBN-10: 022608602X

ISBN-13: 9780226086026

For over a century, plant experts around the world have sought to rework therapeutic vegetation in African nations into prescription drugs. And for both as lengthy, conflicts over those medicinal vegetation have persevered, from stolen recipes and poisonous tonics to unfulfilled can provide of laboratory gear and usurped own patents. In Bitter Roots, Abena Dove Osseo-Asare attracts on publicly to be had files and huge interviews with scientists and healers in Ghana, Madagascar, and South Africa to interpret how African scientists and healers, rural groups, and drug companies—including Pfizer, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and Unilever—have sought because the Eighties to enhance medicinal drugs from Africa’s medicinal plants.


Osseo-Asare remembers the efforts to remodel six crops into prescribed drugs: rosy periwinkle, Asiatic pennywort, grains of paradise, Strophanthus, Cryptolepis, and Hoodia. Through the tales of every plant, she indicates that natural drugs and pharmaceutical chemistry have simultaneous and overlapping histories that pass geographic barriers. while, Osseo-Asare sheds new gentle on how numerous pursuits have attempted to control the rights to those therapeutic vegetation and probes the demanding situations linked to assigning possession to crops and their biochemical components.   


A interesting exam of the heritage of medication in colonial and postcolonial Africa, Bitter Roots should be crucial for students of Africa; historians attracted to drugs, biochemistry, and society; and coverage makers excited about drug entry and patent rights.

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