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The plant hunter : a scientist's quest for nature's next medicines, Cassandra Leah Quave

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The plant hunter : a scientist's quest for nature's next medicines
Title
The plant hunter
Title remainder
a scientist's quest for nature's next medicines
Statement of responsibility
Cassandra Leah Quave
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Author
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"A leading medical ethnobotanist tells us the story of her quest to develop new ways to fight illness and disease through the healing powers of plants in this uplifting and adventure-filled memoir. Plants are the basis for an array of lifesaving and health-improving medicines we all now take for granted. Ever taken an aspirin? Thank a willow tree for that. What about life-saving medicines for malaria? Some of those are derived from cinchona and wormwood. In today's world of synthetic pharmaceuticals, scientists and laypeople alike have lost this connection to the natural world. But by ignoring the potential of medicinal plants, we are losing out on the opportunity to discover new life-saving medicines needed in the fight against the greatest medical challenge of this century: the rise of the post-antibiotic era. Antibiotic-resistant microbes plague us all. Each year, 700,000 people die due to these untreatable infections; by 2050, 10 million annual deaths are expected unless we act now. No one understands this better than Dr. Cassandra Quave, whose groundbreaking research as a leading medical ethnobotanist--someone who identifies and studies plants that may be able to treat antimicrobial resistance and other threatening illnesses--is helping to provide clues for the next generation of advanced medicines. In The Plant Hunter, Dr. Quave weaves together science, botany, and memoir to tell us the extraordinary story of her own journey. Traveling by canoe, ATV, mule, airboat, and on foot, she has conducted field research in the flooded forests of the remote Amazon, the murky swamps of southern Florida, the rolling hills of central Italy, isolated mountaintops in Albania and Kosovo, and volcanic isles arising out of the Mediterranean-all in search of natural compounds, long-known to traditional healers, that could help save us all from the looming crisis of untreatable superbugs. And as a person born with multiple congenital defects of her skeletal system, she's done it all with just one leg. Filled with grit, tragedy, triumph, awe, and scientific discovery, her story illuminates how the path forward for medical discovery may be found in nature's oldest remedies"--
Additional physical form
Issued also in electronic format.
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Biography type
autobiography
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Quave, Cassandra Leah
Dewey number
581.6/34
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
QK99.U6
LC item number
Q38 2021
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Quave, Cassandra Leah
  • Medical botanists
  • People with disabilities
  • Medicinal plants
  • Ethnobotany
Label
The plant hunter : a scientist's quest for nature's next medicines, Cassandra Leah Quave
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
My Leg and the Wilderness -- Welcome to the Jungle -- Worms in the Belly -- An Unexpected Houseguest -- Wash and Fold -- From the Field to the Lab -- Babies and Biofilms -- A Lab of My Own -- The Sea Cabbage -- Billy Fell Off the Swing -- The One-Legged Hunter -- Cassandra's Curse
Control code
on1239650269
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
371 pages
Isbn
9781984879110
Lccn
2021011104
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1239650269
Label
The plant hunter : a scientist's quest for nature's next medicines, Cassandra Leah Quave
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
My Leg and the Wilderness -- Welcome to the Jungle -- Worms in the Belly -- An Unexpected Houseguest -- Wash and Fold -- From the Field to the Lab -- Babies and Biofilms -- A Lab of My Own -- The Sea Cabbage -- Billy Fell Off the Swing -- The One-Legged Hunter -- Cassandra's Curse
Control code
on1239650269
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
371 pages
Isbn
9781984879110
Lccn
2021011104
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1239650269

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