Papers in the Biological Sciences


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Prairie Naturalist (March 1994) 26: 83.


Published by the Great Plains Natural Science Society. Used by permission.


I am highly enthusiastic about this book as a reference work. It summarizes the literature on the medicinal uses for more than 103 prairie plants. For 43 species, Kindscher gives common, Indian, and scientific names; description; habitat; parts used; Indian uses; medical history; scientific research and cultivation; and information on about 100 of their relatives. Another 60 entries are condensed to 24 paragraphs. Full-page line drawings by William S. Whitney of the major species are generally excellent, and all 103 entries have distribution maps. The introduction discusses the region covered, with helpful maps. There's an index, a glossary and a 14-page bibliography. The book is a gold mine of information.