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For over a century, plant experts world wide have sought to remodel therapeutic crops in African nations into prescribed drugs. And for both as lengthy, conflicts over those medicinal vegetation have persevered, from stolen recipes and poisonous tonics to unfulfilled can provide of laboratory apparatus and usurped own patents. In Bitter Roots, Abena Dove Osseo-Asare attracts on publicly on hand documents and broad interviews with scientists and healers in Ghana, Madagascar, and South Africa to interpret how African scientists and healers, rural groups, and drug companies—including Pfizer, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and Unilever—have sought because the Eighties to enhance medications from Africa’s medicinal plants.

           

Osseo-Asare remembers the efforts to remodel six crops into prescribed drugs: rosy periwinkle, Asiatic pennywort, grains of paradise, Strophanthus, Cryptolepis, and Hoodia. Through the tales of every plant, she indicates that natural medication and pharmaceutical chemistry have simultaneous and overlapping histories that pass geographic barriers. even as, Osseo-Asare sheds new gentle on how a variety of pursuits have attempted to regulate the rights to those therapeutic vegetation and probes the demanding situations linked to assigning possession to crops and their biochemical components.   

           

A interesting exam of the heritage of drugs in colonial and postcolonial Africa, Bitter Roots can be crucial for students of Africa; historians drawn to medication, biochemistry, and society; and coverage makers enthusiastic about drug entry and patent rights.

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