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Due to economic considerations and the natural evolution of book marketing and sales, the American Botanical Council is adding to its catalog very few of the good new books that are being published. However, we do intend to keep our readers informed of books of particular interest that have arrived in our offices. In this ongoing feature, we only describe these new books; we have not yet had them reviewed.

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Healing Without Medication, by Robert S. Rister. Basic Health Publications, Inc.: North Bergen, New Jersey; 2003. 738 pp., softcover, index, notes, charts. $24.95 ISBN 1-59120-017-2.

Separated into three parts, this book provides information on how to treat more than 300 health conditions with herbs. Part one has information on conditions and their non-pharmaceutical treatments. Part two covers subjects such as traditional uses, dosage information and research study information about more than 150 dietary supplements. Part three contains important information about drug interactions.

The Book of Ginseng, by Stephen Fulder. Healing Arts Press: Rochester, Vermont; 1993. 328 pp., softcover, index, notes. $14.95 ISBN 0-89281-491-8.

This book examines the Ginseng root and other "kingly remedies" of Chinese herbal medicine, emphasizing their wide variety of uses and the need to take advantage of their potential in this age of rising healthcare costs and unpleasant side effects of manufactured medications.

The Oxford Book of Health Foods, by J.G. Vaughan, P.A. Judd. Oxford University Press: New York; 2003. 188 pp., hardcover, index, glossary, illustrations. $27.95 ISBN 0-19-850459-4.

Accented by beautiful illustrations, this book has entries covering more than one hundred plants that are beneficial to human health. The introduction contains an overview of basic nutrition concepts, with the following plant entries discussing how each plant fits into those concepts, as well as the claims and myths about the properties of the plant and scientific evidence that backs up or refutes those claims.

Pulmonarias and the Borage Family, by Masha Bennett. Timber Press, Inc.: Portland, Oregon; 2003. 240 pp., index, bibliography, glossary, photos. $39.95 ISBN 0-88192-589-6.

A book devoted to the taxonomic family Boraginaceae, with over 200 species and hundreds of varieties. Some of the best-known members of the family are covered, including forget-me-nots, comfrey, and borage as well as the lesser-known plants. While the book is light on information about the medicinal uses for the plants, it is an excellent reference source for botanists and gardeners.

The ITIC International Dictionary of Toxicology, compiled and edited by Gaston Vettorazzi, MD, BA, MS, PhD, ATS (Fellow). ITIC Press: San Sebastián, Spain; 2001. 560 pp., bibliographical sources, indices in English, French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish. $185.00 ISBN 84-607-1803-4.

More than 2,500 terms, abbreviations and acronyms frequently used in publications around the world concerning food, food additive, and food contaminant issues as well as environmental and toxicological areas. The multilingual indices make this a useful reference tool when reading or writing international copy.

User’s Guide to Nutritional Supplements, edited by Jack Challem. Basic Health Publications: North Bergen, New Jersey; 2003. 327 pp., softcover, index, charts. $19.95 ISBN 1-59120-067-9.

This book is a guide for anyone who wants information on popular nutritional supplements. Summaries of research, suggestions for dosage size and form and possible interactions between the supplements and foods and drugs are part of each chapter, each one focusing on a particular supplement.

Handbook of Pharmaceutical Excipients, Fourth Edition,edited by Raymond C. Rowe, Paul J. Sheskey, Paul J. Weller. Pharmaceutical Press: Grayslake, Illinois; 2003. 776 pp., hardcover, index, photos, charts. $299.95 ISBN 0-85369-472-9.

Completely updated and revised, this edition contains physical and chemical properties, uses and safety information for more than 200 excipients. Designed for professionals that work with the development, production or regulation of pharmaceuticals.

Martindale: The Complete Drug Reference edited by Sean C. Sweetman. Pharmaceutical Press: Grayslake, Illinois; 2002. 2483 pp., hardcover, index, manufacturer’s directory. $350.00 ISBN 0-85369-499-0.

Designed for use by pharmacists and physicians, this book contains more than 5,000 monographs on drugs and medicines used worldwide. Also included are proprietary preparations from different countries, both prescriptions and over-the-counter. To order this book from ABC, click here.