From a review of the previous edition:
'Drawing on their wealth of experience and knowledge in this field, the authors, who are without doubt among the finest minds in pharmacognosy today, provide useful and fascinating insights into the history, botany, chemistry, phytotherapy and importance of medicinal plants in some of today's healthcare systems. This is a landmark textbook, which carefully brings together relevant data from numerous sources and provides, in an authoritative and exhaustive manner, cutting-edge information that is relevant to pharmacists, pharmacognocists, complementary practitioners, doctors and nurses alike.' The Pharmaceutical Journal
'This is an excellent text book which provides fascinating insights into the world of pharmacognosy and the authors masterfully integrated elements of orthodox pharmacognosy and phytotherapy. Both the science student and the non-scientific person interested in phytotherapy will greatly benefit from reading this publication. It is comprehensive, easy to follow and after having read this book, one is so much more aware of the uniqueness of phytomedicines. A must read for any healthcare practitioner.'
PART A FUNDAMENTALS OF PHARMACOGNOSY
SECTION 1 Phytotherapy and pharmacognosy
1. Importance of plants in modern pharmacy and medicine
2. Pharmacognosy and its history: people, plants and natural products
SECTION 2 Basic plant biology
3. General principles of botany: morphology and systematics
4. Families yielding important phytopharmaceuticals
5. Ethnobotany and ethnopharmacy
SECTION 3 Natural product chemistry
6. Natural product chemistry
7. Methods in natural product chemistry
8. Anticancer natural products
SECTION 4 Plant extract derived pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals
9. Production, standardization and quality control
10. Toxicity of herbal constituents
11. What makes phytomedicines unique?
SECTION 5 Medicinal plants in selected healthcare systems
12. Traditional systems of herbal medicine
13. Complementary/alternative medicine
PART B IMPORTANT NATURAL PRODUCTS AND PHYTOMEDICINES USED IN PHARMACY AND MEDICINE
14. The gastrointestinal and biliary system
15. The cardiovascular system
16. The respiratory system
17. The central nervous system
18. Infectious diseases
19. The endocrine system
20. The reproductive and urinary tracts
21. The musculoskeletal system
22. The skin
23. The eye
24. Ear, nose and orthopharynx
25. Miscellaneous supportive and protective therapies for stress, ageing, cancer and debility
Barnes, Joanne Associate Professor in Herbal Medicines, School of Pharmacy, University of Auckland, New Zealand.
Prieto-Garcia, Jose Lecturer in Pharmacognosy, UCL School of Pharmacy, London, UK.
Gibbons, Simon Lecturer in Pharmacognosy, Centre for Pharmacognosy and Phytotherapy, School of Pharmacy, University of London, UK.
Williamson, Elizabeth M. Professor of Pharmacy, School of Pharmacy, University of Reading, UK; Editor-in-chief of Phytotherapy Research; Member of the Herbal Drugs Committees for The British Pharmacopoeia and The European Pharmacopoeia
Professor of Pharmacy and Director of Pharmacy Practice.