Consequently, Neuwinger's 1998 volume in English, excerpted here, is a welcome addition to this obscure but fascinating subject area. The author sagely observes that arrow poisons of plant origin have great potential for future development of medicines. They are far more likely to possess therapeutically valuable compounds than higher plants selected at random. Consequently, all persons interested in botanical medicine will find them, and this book, of considerable interest.
The excessive costs of publishing limited editions of books on highly specialized subjects in the United Kingdom will prevent many individuals from purchasing this volume. However, as exemplified in the section reproduced here, African Ethnobotany -- Poisons and Drugs overflows with interesting and valuable information not available elsewhere in organized form. If you cannot personally afford the $229.95 investment in knowledge, persuade your library to purchase a copy.
Article copyright American Botanical Council.
By Varro E. Tyler