About the book:
From the seventeenth to the nineteenth century, Spanish missionaries collected, studied, and made records of Philippine medicinal plants and herbs that Filipino traditional medical practitioners or herbolarios had been prescribing since the precolonial period. Because the herbolarios left no writings about their practices, the missionaries’ works are our primary sources for studying Filipino traditional medicine.
Today, when access to health and medical care remains beyond the reach of most Filipinos, Planta’s lively and scholarly invitation to reflect on a particular aspect of Philippine culture and harness its potential is a triumph of history as “usable past”.
About the authors :
Ma. Mercedes G. Planta is a faculty member of the Department of History, University of the Philippines Diliman.
Publisher: University of the Philippines Press
Publication Date: 2017
Size: 230 x 210mm