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Critical Approaches to the History of Western Herbal Medicine

Critical Approaches to the History of Western Herbal Medicine

by Susan Francia

Susan Francia is a member of St Cross College, Oxford and an independent researcher. She is a former teacher of Herbal Medicine and most recently of the history of Herbal Medicine at Middlesex University, UK Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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and Anne Stobart

Anne Stobart is Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Exeter, UK and former Director of Programmes in Complementary Health Sciences and Programme Leader of the BSc in Herbal Medicine at Middlesex University, UK. She is a member of the Advisory Board for the Journal of Herbal Medicine and chairs the Herbal History Research Network. Anne writes for the Recipes Hypotheses blog which brings together an international group of scholars writing on the history of recipes. She is a founder of the Holt Wood project on sustainable cultivation and harvest of medicinal trees and shrubs. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2014
  • DOI:
    10.5040/9781474210577
  • ISBN:
    978-1-4742-1057-7 (online)

    978-1-4411-8418-4 (hardback)

    978-1-4411-8580-8 (epdf)

    978-1-4411-4357-0 (epub)
  • Edition:
    First edition
  • Place of Publication:
    London
  • Published Online:
    2017
Critical Approaches to the History of Western Herbal Medicine
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Why has the history of Western herbal medicine received such little research coverage in any systematic and authoritative way, even though it has figured large in both lay and learned healthcare of the past? What methods and sources are most appropriate for the study of medicinal herbs and herbal practices of the past? This collection provides historians with a coherent guide to a variety of sources in relation to medicinal plants that they have thus far lacked.

Critical Approaches to the History of Western Herbal Medicine encourages a serious re-assessment of research in the history of herbal medicine and provides examples of appropriate methodologies and critical examinations of relevant sources. In this innovative collection, historians and researchers from a range of disciplines come together to share material on the identification and use of medicinal plants, the activities of people involved with herbal medicine and the investigation of past herbal therapeutic beliefs and practice. Classical and medieval scholars, social and literary historians, archaeologists and ethnobotanists all contribute to this exploration of the history of Western herbal medicine.