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“Herbal Drugs and Phytopharmaceuticals” edited by Max Wichti.
The book is written by number of German scholars and is meant actually for Europe.
Though it is written in the book in General Instructions that “Indian Systems of Medicine (Ayurvedic and Unani) have also been included. In the Synonyms Sanskrit and Hindi names are not included.
This is bound to go hard for Indians, reading the book, to understand easily about the described herbs.
There are number of herbal drugs well detailed in books of Indian Materia Medica, Dravya Guna Vigyan, etc. written by Indian scholars like AK Nadkarni, Dr Priyavrat Sharma of Benaras Hindu University, etc. They can be easily understood and used in practice by the regular practitioners provided they are included in regular medical education.
There are number of Indian drugs included in this book under review like Tagar, Shatavari, Jeera, Kalajeera, Sounf, etc. but they are not easily understood in this book written by Germans.
This book, therefore, is good for Institutions where it can be read comparing with Indian Materia Medicas, etc.

PN Awasthi
Retd. Chief Surgeon
M.A. Podar Hospital