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  • Paperback: 372 pages
  • Publisher: Kessinger Publishing Co (1 Aug. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0766176185
  • ISBN-13: 978-0766176188
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 2 x 28 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,349,363 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By MarcosP on 27 Jun. 2010
Format: Paperback
I now own two copies of this book, one nearly falling apart with frequent use and the other on the bookshelf. It is quite simply an excellent reference book for a working herbalist (which I am), especially one who studies and uses renaisance astrology too (which I do). For anyone who's not a herbalist and an astrologer(!) this book is still excellent - for the skeptic it's an often-amusing and enthralling look at the misguided medicine of the past, whilst for the historian, gardener, artist or modern-day user of medicinal plants it has much to offer. I love this edition as it hasn't been bastardised with unnecessary illustrations or stupidly edited to make it more 'readable', and it simply reproduces the original text. The order of subjects and herbs is a little jumbled and eccentric, but the information is all there, laid out quite logically once you get used to Culpeper's acerbic and occasionally tangential writing style. Besides, what would you expect from a 16th century maverick astrologer-apothecary, if not a little idiosyncratic editing? In fact Culpeper goes out of his way to provide extra information on how to prepare medicines, basic diagnostic techniques of his era, and other arcane joys. This book truly is a great pleasure, and should be read by, well, everybody with any interest in the history and practice of medicine.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Tj Golding on 23 Jun. 2007
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This is largely for historians wishing to know about how herbs used to be used although it still can be used to day. There were no illlustrations, although the book does have an index of some herbs and diseases, which is useful. The book also states the astrological and zodiac uses of each of the herbs and they can be used for and descriptions of the herbs.
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82 of 92 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Jan. 2001
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I am an herbalist. a university trained anthropologist/archaeologist. That being said, I work with herbs, herbal supplements & historical/scientific writings dealing with herbs. I was given a copy of this Herbal in December 2000. It is a difficult book to read. The vernacular is the same as when initially written. Prior to full comprehension of each herb, formulae or idea; almost all the entries need to be translated from the colloquial of 1653. One can lose the original intent simply by attempting to update the wording. There is no table of contents & unless you are diligent; the descriptions of herbs lead into a section denoting several uses & formulations of herbs, portions of plants & idiomatic medical terminology; which is confusing at best. Again the vocabulary/glossary is difficult because the publishers have given no guidance. There comes a section in the book which speaks of either "the college" or "culpepper's" view on herbs & their uses. It is almost as if several works of the author have been put into the same book; without any weaving of the materials together -other than their common denominator being the author. However- the uses of Latin based pharmacological nomen & the more common lay names of the herbs, formulations & "remedies" has broadened my knowledge further & entices me to read more. This is not a light reading category book. This book needs a serious classical reader or someone who has the patience to read Old English medical treatises. As a reference; it will become a part of my formulary's bibliography.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By nia on 24 Sept. 2012
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Absolutely fascinating. I am 73 years old and have just started taking an interest in nature that abounds around us. When walking the dogs I now take a keen interest in the plants and trees around me. Elderberry is fantastic. It makes me want to turn back time so I can take herbal medicine up seriously.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By anniepan on 15 Nov. 2012
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A lovely helpful book - (I'm designing a 12c Herbal Garden for an English Heritage-listed Gardens).
The book arrived very promptly - which was important!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Martika Chisnall on 2 May 2012
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Culpeppars herbal is a really good book, overall. I purchased this so we had a more readable copy in the home, as the original Culpeppars herbal we already have is looking a bit tatty.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Leonette on 28 Mar. 2013
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If you are doing any form of herbal study you will find this book a useful addition to your library as it gives you the opportunity to compare the uses of herbs both past and present.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Moondial on 28 April 2006
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This is one of the best reference books for herbs and plants.

Although the language can be hard to understand as it's written in the English used in the early to mid-1800's, once you get used to it, it's invaluable.

It's a great buy - I've been using it since I was a child (my mother's copy)
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