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Bitter Roots: The Search for Healing Plants in Africa

Abena Dove Osseo-Asare


Bitter Roots is a history of drug discovery from plants across different African countries. It reconsiders the history of pharmaceutical patents, biopiracy, and bioprospecting to show that African medicine inspired new phytochemicals and probes the responsibilities of multiple innovators to compensate rural communities through benefit-sharing agreements. It traces the geography of economic , chemical, and botanical exchanges of rosy periwinkle (Catharanthus roseus), pennywort (Centella asiatica ), grains of paradise (Aframomum melegueta), arrow poison plant (Strophanthus hispidus), Ghana quini ... More

Keywords: Africa, Drugs, Ghana, History, Hoodia, Madagascar, Patents, Periwinkle, Pharmaceutical Industry, Traditional Medicine, Introduction, From Plants to Pharmaceuticals

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780226085524
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226086163.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Abena Dove Osseo-Asare, author