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Published on May 17, 2012
Video 23 in the Introduction to Ethnobotany series. Presented by Will McClatchey.
Illness, health, medicine and other related terms are culturally defined. The terms are consistent within a culture but are often inconsistent between cultures. Before studying and attempting to understand medicinal plants, ethnobotanists must study and attempt to understand the cultural context in which the plants are used. This episode presents anthropological theories used to discuss different ways cultures perceive sickness, health and medicine. These perspectives are important for understanding uses of medicinal plants.