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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent unrevised edition of a classic
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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Historical
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.
Published on 23 Jun 2007 by Ms. Tj Golding


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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent unrevised edition of a classic, 27 Jun 2010
This review is from: Complete Herbal (Wordsworth Reference) (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
3.0 out of 5 stars Historical, 23 Jun 2007
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Ms. Tj Golding "T. Golding" (Colchester, Essex, England) - See all my reviews
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars An Illuminative Look at Herbal Medical knowledge circa 1653, 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes the old remedies are the most interesting, 24 Sep 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Culpepers Herbal, 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Easier to carry about, 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great, 13 Mar 2014
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I'm using this along with my study course on Herbalism it's an fantastic encyclopedia, very informative, thorough and is helping me lean the Latin names.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Want to be a Kentwell gardener?, 22 Sep 2013
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This is the book you need. The original and still the best this is *the* resource for reenacters wanting to take up a role in the garden. Also useful for still room apprentices to get started in recognising plants and learning their uses.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Complete herbal, 21 July 2013
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Really good book all you need to know and more one of the best books on the market for complementary medicine for horses
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5.0 out of 5 stars complete herbal, 17 April 2013
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nice clean book;just what it prommised.good service.husband very interested but hasnt read it yet. good referance book for the convinced!
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