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September 23, 1933

The Medicinal and Poisonous Plants of Southern Africa: Being an Account of Their Medicinal Uses, Chemical Composition, Pharmacological Effects and Toxicology in Man and Animal.

JAMA. 1933;101(13):1025. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740380061039

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The authors are well qualified to write on the subject. The book is valuable and interesting from both cultural and scientific points of view. While no plant is included that has been used only as a charm, the book has the atmospheres of magic, the bush and the scientific laboratory interestingly blended. The subject matter is arranged according to the botanic genera, 128 of which are discussed and over 2,500 specimens included. There are twelve illustrations in color and twenty in black and white, all neatly executed. The indexes have been prepared with great care, both English and African names being given, so that information may be traced through the botanic name. There are numerous references to literature from worldwide sources, many from American authors. The index of botanic names requires fifteen pages, of English and African names nineteen, and of native names thirty-seven. The book should interest the cultural

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