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Just the Tonic is an accessible yet informative history of tonic water: its connections to the major disease malaria, the cure discovered in the bark of the cinchona tree and its constituent alkaloid quinine. It is a history deeply intertwined with botanical exploration and empire in the Victorian era, and the role of botanical gardens such as Kew.
This is the first botanically authoritative and practical illustrated identification guide to Chinese medicinal plants and drugs and their substitutes. It offers authoritative guidance on the identification of the herbal drugs themselves, and the plants from which they are sourced.
A richly illustrated, scientific guide to medicinal and poisonous plants, including those used for their mind-altering effects, covering approximately 300 species.