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Medicinal Plants in Costa Rica: Myth and Reality

  • Mildred García GonzálezEmail author
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Part of the Science Across Cultures: The History of Non-Western Science book series (SACH, volume 8)

Abstract

In the present transcribed, edited and annotated talk, biologist Mildred García González provides an account of the use of medicinal plants in Costa Rica and the set of beliefs around it. She addresses the dangers of misinformation and why the use of medicinal herbs should be a concern for everybody and not just for those using them. The talk may be read as the story of an intense resistance, David versus Goliath style, a tenacious fight against a complacent system that seems to cling too much to its Western ideals.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Escuela de MedicinaUniversidad de Costa RicaSan JoséCosta Rica

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