Samoan Herbal Medicine: 'O La'au ma Vai Fofo o Samoa
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128pp. May 1996
Samoan Herbal Medicine: 'O La'au ma Vai Fofo o Samoa
Author: Whistler, W. Arthur;
“Today in Samoa a large segment of the population takes or is given Samoan herbal medicine sometime during their lifetime, especially during infancy and childhood. Thus, despite 165 years of contact with Western culture and its medical traditions, Samoan herbal medicine is strong today, and does not appear to be in danger of dying out in the near future.” —from the Preface

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Distributed for Isle Botanica
Author: Whistler, W. Arthur;
Art Whistler was born near Death Valley, California, to which he attributes his early love of plants and vegetation. After receiving a B.A. and an M.A. at the University of California, he served three years with the U.S. Peace Corps in Western Samoa where he taught high school biology. Resuming his schooling, he received a Ph.D. in Botany at the University of Hawaii in 1979. Since then he has made numerous research trips to Samoa, Tonga, the Cook Islands, Tahiti, and elsewhere in the Pacific, working on the ethnobotany, medicinal plants, and flora of the islands. He has published several books on the botany of the Pacific Islands, including Polynesian Herbal Medicine (1992a) and Tongan Herbal Medicine (1992b), has written numerous scientific articles on medicinal plants, ethnobotany, and floristics of Polynesia, and is an adjunct Associate Professor with the Botany Department of the University of Hawaii.
Introduction

Chapter 1. Traditional Samoan Medicine
Chapter 2. Modern Samoan Medicine
Chapter 3. Samoan Medicinal Plants

Literature Cited
Glossary of Samoan Medical Terms
List of Figures
Index to Scientific Names
Index to Samoan Names



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