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Conservation and The Natural World

Ethnomedical lore of the Paharias
by Earaplackal Vargese SVD and Peter Paul Hembrom
(Published by the Centre for Human Ecology, Mumbai)

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IDMA Bulletin: The book begins with the history of ethnomedicine in short and continues with the profile of Paharias, the tribal people settled in the Hilly region of Rajmahal Hills & neighbouring regions of Santal Paraganas, with their origin, history, habitat settlement & in general the society. It also gives some sketches of the plants & their coloured photographs. The ethnomedical uses are described to the point, which makes the book very concise. Plants grouped according to their therapeutic uses, useful to the medical practitioners is also provided and finally in conclusion diseases which are more prevalent in Paharias & need urgent attention are described. The book is valuable as it gives the traditionally used medicinal plants by Paharias which in turn can also lead to the preservation of these plants. The students, teachers, research scholars & practitioners will find this book useful.

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