paper, 258 pp., $21.95
In this revised edition of a classic field guide, more than 120 wild plants that have been used traditionally for medicinal purposes by Native Americans and settlers in the New World are described. The authors emphasize that the purpose of the work is to provide historical knowledge, not to encourage self-diagnosis and treatment of physical problems. Organized by a general common name, each plant's listing of nomenclature includes other local names, as well as its botanical family. Each descriptive passage provides information on the characteristics of a given plant and its medicinal parts. The author then relates the type of habitats where it might be found before enumerating its many uses and methods for preparation. The text also provides warnings on parts of an individual plant that might be toxic or poisonous. Each plant drawing is notable for its clarity and fidelity of coloration, which is very helpful in identification.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden