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Phytochemistry of Medicinal Plants

  • John T. Arnason
  • Rachel Mata
  • John T. Romeo

Part of the Recent Advances in Phytochemistry book series (RAPT, volume 29)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Hildebert K. M. Wagner
    Pages 1-18
  3. John M. Pezzuto
    Pages 19-45
  4. John A. Beutler, John H. Cardellina II, James B. McMahon, Robert H. Shoemaker, Michael R. Boyd
    Pages 47-64
  5. Robert Bye, Edelmira Linares, Eric Estrada
    Pages 65-82
  6. A. J. Vlietinck, L. A. C. Pieters, D. A. Vander Berghe
    Pages 113-135
  7. Victor M. Loyola-Vargas, María de Lourdes Miranda-Ham
    Pages 217-248
  8. Zhe-Ming Gu, Geng-Xian Zhao, Nicholas H. Oberlies, Lu Zeng, Jerry L. McLaughlin
    Pages 249-310
  9. Lydia Rodríguez-Hahn, Baldomero Esquivel, Jorge Cárdenas
    Pages 311-332
  10. Robin J. Maries, Liliana Pazos-Sanou, Cesar M. Compadre, John M. Pezzuto, Elzbieta Bloszyk, J. Thor Arnason
    Pages 333-356
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 357-364

About this book

Introduction

Phytochemicals from medicinal plants are receiving ever greater attention in the scientific literature, in medicine, and in the world economy in general. For example, the global value of plant-derived pharmaceuticals will reach $500 billion in the year 2000 in the OECD countries. In the developing countries, over-the-counter remedies and "ethical phytomedicines," which are standardized toxicologically and clinically defined crude drugs, are seen as a promising low­ cost alternatives in primary health care. The field also has benefited greatly in recent years from the interaction of the study of traditional ethnobotanical knowledge and the application of modem phytochemical analysis and biological activity studies to medicinal plants. The papers on this topic assembled in the present volume were presented at the annual meeting of the Phytochemical Society of North America, held in Mexico City, August 15-19, 1994. This meeting location was chosen at the time of entry of Mexico into the North American Free Trade Agreement as another way to celebrate the closer ties between Mexico, the United States, and Canada. The meeting site was the historic Calinda Geneve Hotel in Mexico City, a most appropriate site to host a group of phytochemists, since it was the address of Russel Marker. Marker lived at the hotel, and his famous papers on steroidal saponins from Dioscorea composita, which launched the birth control pill, bear the address of the hotel.

Keywords

Terpene cancer chemistry development metabolism mitochondria natural product natural products plant plants research

Editors and affiliations

  • John T. Arnason
    • 1
  • Rachel Mata
    • 2
  • John T. Romeo
    • 3
  1. 1.Université d’ OttawaOttawaCanada
  2. 2.Universidad Nacional Autónoma de MéxicoCoyoacánMéxico
  3. 3.University of South FloridaTampaUSA

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