The Janus Corner


Pharmacognosy Communications,2018,8,4,165-169.
Published:October 2018
Type:The Janus Corner

The Janus Corner

Michael Whitehouse

Griffith University, School of Medicine, Southport, Qld. 4222, Australia, PO Box 68, Stones Corner Qld. 4120, AUSTRALIA.


Dear Readers: do not be put off or misled by the title of this book. It is in fact a superb overview of the discovery and development of a range of natural products that we now accept as basic medicinals.

It should be required reading for any serious student of Pharmacognosy and its more recent history. Both the author and his most capable translators deserve a special commendation for making so much scientific and medical history so easy to learn.

Throughout all history pharmacognosists have been the custodians of an essential art – knowing how to harness the medicinal benefits of products from micro-organisms, plants and animals. Equally important, this wisdom has to be tempered by its counterpoint i.e. knowing how to limit/ avoid intoxications from some of these vast natural resources.

The principal chapters of this quite remarkable book deal with Colourants, Flavours and Fragrances, Aminoacids and then Pharmaceuticals (209 pages), Hormones (77 pages), Vitamins (87 pages) followed by a discussion of some Agrochemicals. Each chapter is preceded by a very brief summary (in bullet points) and many individual items are also cogently summarised, also in the bullet point format. All chapters are copiously illustrated with flow sheets of chemical reactions and by some vivid images of medicinal plants, crop processing, etc. together with a remarkable collection of photo-portraits of pioneering investigators. Read More....


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