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Prompted by his mother's death from breast cancer, ethno botanist Paul Alan Cox travelled with his family to a remote Samoan village at the edge of a rain forest to search for new leads in treating the disease. Cox discovered a promising new plant derived drug, prostratin, for a different, but equally serious malady: AIDS. In this exciting and beautifully written account set among the lush forests and picture perfect villages of Samoa, Cox paints an intriguing portrait of a society that is neither primitive nor industrial, where traditional chiefs struggle to protect ancient beliefs against modern economic demands and the pull of the Western culture.

Paul Alan Cox author, W.H. Freeman & Co publisher 1997, 238pp, h/c, dj, b/w illus.


Withdrawn library copy in tidy condition.



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