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One River: Science, Adventure and Hallucinogenics in the Amazon Basin

Davis, Wade

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ISBN 10: 0684817640 / ISBN 13: 9780684817644
Published by Touchstone Books, 1998
Used Condition: Very Good Soft cover
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Title: One River: Science, Adventure and ...

Publisher: Touchstone Books

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

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The Amazon river basin contains the world's largest remaining rain forest as well as its longest river. Countless Indian tribes live there, as well as vast numbers of plant species, many of them still unknown to science. This book tells the story of three scientists who explored the region: the ethnobotanist Richard Edward Shultes, and two of his students, Tim Plowman and Wade Davis. Davis's account is one of danger, and of extraordinary discoveries as Shultes sought to understand the psychoactive plants of the rain forest. It is also a celebration of the Indian way of life, and a lament for the wanton destruction of landscape, culture and spirit throughout the Americas.

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Best known for The Serpent and the Rainbow, Wade Davis is an ethnobotanist interested in the native uses of plants, especially psychotropics. He finds many such plants in the travels he recounts in One River, especially coca and curare. (The first, famously, is a curse in the First World but is a necessity in the Andes, where it promotes the digestion of many kinds of food plants.) Framing Davis's narrative is an account of the dangerous World War II-era Amazonian expeditions undertaken by his mentor, Harvard biologist Richard Evans Schultes. Davis describes a few hair-raising encounters of his own, making this a fine book of scientific adventure.

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