Rhubarb : The Wondrous Drug / Clifford M. Foust.

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  • De Gruyter Princeton eBook Package Archive 1931-1999 ; ISBN: 9783110442496
  • De Gruyter Princeton Legacy Lib. eBook Package 1980-1999 ; ISBN: 9783110413441
  • De Gruyter Princeton Legacy Lib. eBook Package Science ; ISBN: 9783110413595
Published
  • Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press [1992]
Physical description
1 online resource(406 p.) : illustrations.
ISBN
  • 9781400862658
Notes
  • Bibliography, p.321-362.
  • Reproduction available: Electronic reproduction. Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 1992. Mode of access: World Wide Web. System requirements: Web browser. Access may be restricted to users at subscribing institutions.
  • Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
  • In English.
  • Available in electronic full text to members of the University via the Library web catalogue.
  • Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher’s Web site, viewed March 24, 2015)
Contents
  • Frontmatter -- Contents -- List of Illustrations -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- CHAPTER ONE. The Roots of Rhubarb -- CHAPTER TWO. The Very True Rhubarb: The Seventeenth Century -- CHAPTER THREE. The Russian Rhubarb Trade -- CHAPTER FOUR. The East India Company and European Trade -- CHAPTER FIVE. Collecting and Systematizing -- CHAPTER SIX. Accommodating the Root: The Society of Arts and Other Promotions -- CHAPTER SEVEN. Rhubarb as Medicine: The Eighteenth Century -- CHAPTER EIGHT. The Search Ends? -- CHAPTER NINE. The Testing of Rhubarb -- CHAPTER TEN. Tarts and Wine -- CONCLUSION -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index.
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Genre
  • Electronic books.
  • History.
  • text
Language
  • English

Summary

  • An Asian plant with mysterious cathartic powers, medicinal rhubarb spurred European trade expeditions and obsessive scientific inquiry from the Renaissance until the twentieth century. Rarely, however, had there been a plant that so thoroughly frustrated Europeans' efforts to acquire it and to master its special botanical and chemical properties. Here Clifford Foust presents the remarkable efforts of the explorers, traders, botanists, gardeners, physicians, and pharmacists who tried to adapt rhubarb for convenient use in Europe. His is an intriguing tale of how humans and their institutions have been affected by natural realities they do not entirely comprehend. Readers interested in the history of medicine, pharmaceutics, botany, or horticulture will be fascinated by this once-perplexing plant: highly valued by physicians for its cathartic properties, rhubarb resisted revealing its active chemical principles, had many widely varying species, and did not breed true by seed. This history includes sections on the geographic and economic importance of rhubarb--which explain how the plant became a major state monopoly for Russia and an important commodity for the East India companies--and a discussion of rhubarb's emergence as an international culinary craze during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.Originally published in 1992.The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These paperback editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

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