Trease and Evans' Pharmacognosy

ISBN-10: 0702029335
ISBN-13: 9780702029332
Edition: 16th 2009
List price: $129.00
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Description: This encyclopedic reference work on pharmacognosy covers the study of those natural substances, principally plants, that find a use in medicine. Its popularity and longevity stem from the book's balance between classical (crude and powdered drugs'  More...

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Book details

List price: $129.00
Edition: 16th
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Elsevier - Health Sciences Division
Publication date: 5/27/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 616
Size: 9.25" wide x 11.75" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 4.598
Language: English

This encyclopedic reference work on pharmacognosy covers the study of those natural substances, principally plants, that find a use in medicine. Its popularity and longevity stem from the book's balance between classical (crude and powdered drugs' characterization and examination) and modern (phytochemistry and pharmacology) aspects of this branch of science, as well as the editor's recognition in recent years of the growing importance of complementary medicines, including herbal, homeopathic and aromatherapy. No other book provides such a wealth of detail. A reservoir of knowledge in a field where there is a resurgence of interest - plants as a source of drugs are of growing interest both in complementary medicine fields and in the pharmaceutical industry in their search for new 'lead compounds'. Dr Evans has been associated with the book for over 20 years and is a recognised authority in all parts of the world where pharmacognosy is studied, his knowledge and grasp of the subject matter is unique. Meticulously referenced and kept up to date by the editor, new contributors brought in to cover new areas. New chapter on 'Neuroceuticals'. Addition of many new compounds recently added to British Pharmacopoeia as a result of European harmonisation. Considers development in legal control and standardisation of plant materials previously regarded as 'herbal medicines'. More on the study of safety and efficacy of Chinese and Asian drugs. Quality control issues updated in line with latest guidelines (BP 2007).

Introduction
Plants in medicine: the origins of pharmacognosy
The scope and practice of pharmacognosy
Plant nomenclature and taxonomy
The plant and animal kingdoms as sources of drugs
Biological and geographical sources of drugs
A taxonomic approach to the study of medicinal plants and animal-derived drugs
Pharmacological activities of natural products
Synergy and other interactions in phytomedicines
Traditional plant medicines as a source of new drugs
Discovering new lead compounds in pharmaceutical research and development
Principles related to the commercial production, quality and standardization of natural products
Commerce in crude drugs
Production of crude drugs
Plant growth regulators
Plant cell and tissue culture; biological conversions; clonal propagation
Phytochemical variation within a species
Deterioration of stored drugs
Quality control
Phytochemistry
General methods associated with the phytochemical investigation of herbal products
Basic metabolic pathways and the origin of secondary metabolites
Pharmacopoeial and related drugs of biological origin
Introduction
Hydrocarbons and derivatives
Carbohydrates
Phenols and phenolic glycosides
Volatile oils and resins
Saponins, cardioactive drugs and other steroids
Miscellaneous isoprenoids
Cyanogenetic glycosides, glucoinolate compounds and miscellaneous glycosides
Alkaloids
The search for naturally-derived anticancer agents
Antiprotozoal natural products
An overview of drugs with antihepatotoxic and oral hypoglycaemic activities
Antibacterial and antiviral drugs
Vitamins and hormones
The plant nutraceuticals
Colouring and flavouring agents
Miscellaneous products
Plants in complementary and traditional systems of medicine
Introduction
Herbal medicine in Britain and Europe: regulation and practice
Asian medicine
Chinese herbs in the West
Plants in African traditional medicine - some perspectives
Nonmedicinal toxic plants and pesticides
Hallucinogenic, allergenic, teratogenic and other toxic plants
Pesticides of natural origins
Morphological and microscopical examination of drugs
Plant description, morphology and anatomy
Cell differentiation and ergastic cell contents
Techniques in microscopy
Index

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