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Potent Natural Medicines
  • Authored by: J. S. Kidd and Renee A. Kidd
  • From the Series: Science and Society
  • Trim Size: 6 X 9
  • ISBN-10: 0816056072
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-5607-1
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $35.00
  • Imprint: Chelsea House
  • Published: 12/01/2005
  • Dewey Number: 615.32
  • Reading Level: Grades 6-12
  • Pages: 224


Since prehistoric times, humans have used the plant life around them to help cure ailments. In more recent times, researchers and scientists have started to reexamine these early folk remedies in hopes of creating more available forms of treatment. Today, more and more people are attracted to pure forms of these folk medicines, while others hope to gain knowledge from them so that new drugs may be synthesized.

Potent Natural Medicines presents the modern history of folk remedies—both its successes and its failures. Central topics include the adventures of the plant hunters and medical consequences, but attention is also given to practices of the U.S. government that are intended to regulate the sale and use of natural products. Product monitoring, the government’s efforts to protect consumers, and the scientific underpinnings of drug discovery are also covered in this comprehensive volume.


56 black-and-white photographs and line illustrations. Index. Glossary. Further reading. Web sites.

About the Author(s)

J. S. Kidd is professor emeritus at the College of Information Studies, University of Maryland, College Park. A specialist in science communication, he has worked as a chemist and systems analyst in government and private industry. After retiring from the university, he served as a senior research adviser at the National Academy of Sciences for 10 years.

Renee A. Kidd is a historian and reading specialist. She earned a B.A. in biology and education from Illinois Wesleyan University, an M.Ed. from Loyola College in Baltimore, and an M.A. in art history and archaeology from the University of Maryland.

Reviews and Awards

"...a comprehensive overview..."
School Library Journal

"...the compelling topics, numerous examples, and the substantial glossary and resources lists make this a good choice to support research and debate projects."

Selected as one of "The Young Adult Top Forty Nonfiction Titles – 2006"
- Pennsylvania School Librarians Association

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