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Napiers History of Herbal Healing, Ancient and Modern by Tom Atkinson

Napiers History of Herbal Healing, Ancient and Modern


Napiers History of Herbal Healing, Ancient and Modern by Tom Atkinson

Herbalism is the oldest form of medicine in the world. It has been practised for thousands of years, and is still the most widely used method of healing in existence. This concise history reveals the development of herbalism through the ages, a unique journey from Neolithic Kurdistan to present-day Edinburgh. It also contains the casebook and autobiography of Duncan Napier, a Victorian practitioner of herbal medicince, with notes from a modern herbalist. From the creation of Lobelia Syrup for coughing to the 48 foot tapeworm, the history of Napiers makes for fascinating reading.


'[A] curious combination of history, reference and popular science.'

About the Author

Tom Atkinson was an RAF Commando in the Second World War, and worked for 20 years as an advisor to the Government of the Republic of Indonesia. He established Luath Press in 1981 and has written a number of guidebooks to the Highlands. He became interested in herbal medicine when his long-standing duodenal ulcer was cured by a herbalist in Wales.

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Book Info

Publication date

1st September 2007


Tom Atkinson

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Luath Press Ltd


278 pages


Traditional medicine & herbal remedies
History of medicine
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