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Table of Contents Chapter 1: Introduction and Background The Setting Origins of the Belize Ethnobotany Project Project Objectives Traditional Healing in Belize Methodology Chapter 1 Figures Chapter 2: Traditional Healers, Bushmasters and their Sacred Realm The Discovery of Therapeutic Plants Generalist and Specialist Healers in Belize Culture Bound Syndrome (Culturally Specific Illness) in Belize Preparation of Plant Medicines The Vanishing Medicine Chest Profile of a Traditional Healer's Practice: Don Eligio Panti Foods as Therapies Poisons that Heal Psychoactive Species Solving a Mystery- Capoche Chapter 2 Figures Chapter 3: Traditional Healers, Bushmasters and their Backgrounds Juana and Antonio Cuc Barbara Fernandez Thomas Green Winston Harris Don Eligio Panti Andrew Ramcharan Percival Hezekiah Reynolds Hortense Robinson Leopoldo Romero Beatrice Waight Juana Xix In Their Own Words Thomas Green Winston Harris Don Eligio Panti Percival Reynolds Hortense Robinson Leopoldo Romero Beatrice Waight The Unbroken Chain Chapter 3 Figures Chapter 4: Plants of Belize and their Uses in Ancient and Contemporary Times: An Ethnobotanical Compendium Non-Flowering Plants Ferns, Fern Allies Gymnosperms Figures- Fern and Fern Allies, Gymnosperms Flowering Plants Monocotyledons Figures- Monocotyledons Dicotyledons Figures- Dicotyledons Bibliography

About the Author

Dr. Michael J. Balick, PhD, is the Vice President for Botanical Science and Director & Philecology Curator of the Institute of Economic Botany at The New York Botanical Garden. Dr. Rosita Arvigo, D.N., is a naprapathic physician with a clinical practice in Belize.


2016 Klinger Book Award Finalist. "Over the course of more than 25 years, Michael Balick and Rosita Arvigo have forged one of the most significant partnerships in the history of ethnobotany. This splendid book, the culmination of their collaboration, will live on as the definitive text on the traditional uses of plants in Belize for generations."--Wade Davis, Ph.D. Professor of Anthropology and LEEF Chair in Cultures and Ecosystems at Risk, University of British Columbia. Featured in The Quarterly Review of Biology.

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