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  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 400 Seiten
  • Verlag: Oxford Univ Pr (7. Februar 2014)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 019991401X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199914012
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 23,6 x 2,8 x 16,3 cm
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This is an impressive book. ... I recommend reading it - the writing is clear, lucid, and engaging. If you don't believe me, just read the first two paragraphs - you will be hooked! Dale Walters, Scotland's Rural College, Edinburgh This book is a scholarly masterpiece of David O. Kennedy. If you want to understand the pharmacological mode of action of the psychoactive natural products and their role in human history, Plants and the Human Brain, is fascinating read. Michael Wink, Heidelberg University, Germany For plant biology collections, this book is a jewel. Highly recommended. Sam Blu, Choice I enjoyed reading this book and learnt much from it. It deserves to be read widely as there must be few people who have the breadth of knowledge themselves which is found in it and for such it will enhance their application of this fascinating topic. Peter Houghton, Journal of Ethnopharmacology The book is extremely well referenced; therefore, not only is the text a treasure of amazing scientific discourses, but it is also an excellent factual resource that enables the reader to go beyond the book's scope. The exciting debate about the link between plants and humans continutes, and Kennedy has provided a fascinating new synthesis and exciting new insights based on a critical assesment of biochemical, pharmacological, and phytochemical evidence. BioScience [A] landmark contribution to psychopharmacology and human health ... Students, teachers, and researchers of herbal medicine, biochemistry and phytochemistry, nutrition, psychopharmacology, ecology, and entomology should all avail themselves of the opportunity and pleasure to read this beautifully written book. HerbalGram: The Journal of the American Botanical Council

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David Kennedy is a Professor of Biological Psychology and the Director of the Brain, Performance and Nutrition Research Centre at Northumbria University in the UK. His own research centers around the effects of nutritional interventions, including plant derived chemicals, on human brain function

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Dieses umfangreiche Werk stellt endlich die Zusammenhänge zwischen pflanzlichen Wirkstoffen und ihren Auswirkungen auf die Nervensysteme der Tiere (uns) auf verständliche Weise dar. Evolutionsbiologische und genetische Zusammenhänge und Auswirkungen auf die Kultur der Menschheit kommen ebenfalls vor. Ich könnte immer wieder darin schmökern...
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Excellent In-Depth Review 9. Februar 2014
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Professor Kennedy has written the definitive summary of what is currently known about plant chemicals and their effects on the human brain. More than that, he guides us through the evolutionary history of plants and animals to explain why it is that plant chemicals should in fact have any effect on mammalian brains - when you stop to think about it, it's not at all obvious why this should be the case. The author is lucid and follows a clear path from preliminary exegesis through a wonderland of fascinating facts about the ways in which plant-animal interactions have shaped the evolution of both kingdoms, and how recent plant-human interactions have frequently shaped the course of human history and the environment we've created.

I did not know, for example, that almost all the fundamental internal cellular signaling pathways were established before the point when, around 1.6 billion years ago, plants and animals diverged. These pathways were then strongly conserved so that even today the same genes and the same chemicals are used across all living things. In one simple example of cross-clade conservation, many plants need to attract nitrogen-fixing bacteria and mycorrhizal fungi to their roots in order to gain access to nitrogen (fixed from the air by bacteria) and phosphorous (fixed by the fungi). This 3-way symbiosis is mediated by a chemical the plant releases into the surrounding soil. When we find this particular chemical in humans we call it... estrogen. So the very chemical we humans use to mediate the development and function of primary sexual characteristics is used by plants to mediate symbiosis. Who would have thought it? And this is merely one example out of many.

One of the major benefits of Professor Kennedy's book is that it sheds light not only on the reasons why certain plants have been sought out across human history for their narcotic effects, but also on the reasons why many plants have beneficial effects on aspects of cognition. On reflection I realized that it's surprising so many people take for granted the fact that cocaine, opium, magic mushrooms and mescaline can induce quite drastic modifications to perception yet are skeptical about claims that other plants can induce beneficial effects. As it turns out, there are a great many plant chemicals that have demonstrated efficacy in enhancing focus, mood, task performance, and working memory as well as others that have longer-term neuroprotective effects. One of the many valuable aspects of this book is that Professor Kennedy looks at all the available research and indicates where this is shaky and where it is quite solid. The reader thus acquires sufficient background to be able more adequately to evaluate the various health claims about plants and plant extracts that he or she will encounter on manufacturers' labels and in Internet articles.

It definitely helps for the reader to have some background in basic evolutionary theory and a little biochemistry wouldn't go amiss either, but even a casual reader will be able to come away feeling very well informed. This is, however, not a "popular science" book - there's no condescending gee-whizz or simplified explanations. It is also very sparse with illustrations, these for the most part being restricted to chemical diagrams intended to show structural similarities between related compounds. Yet despite these facts the book is absolutely compelling and rewards every moment spent turning the pages. We can only hope that the BBC or some other education-oriented media company takes the trouble to adapt the contents for what could be an extremely informative television series.
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Extraordinarily well researched and referenced book on the critically important subject of the Human Brain! 22. Oktober 2015
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I don't often review books I've read, as I enjoy reading more than reviewing. However, I couldn't spend the number of extraordinarily enjoyable hours having read David Kennedy's Plants and the Human Brain and not take the time to let the rest of the world know that this is truly a world-class publication!

Having learned a bit about human and plant physiology once upon a time, it was obvious that there is a connection between the two. I can't imagine a more well thought out, more well written and more comprehensive analysis of the subject at this point in time. It is patently obvious that Professor Kennedy is a true world expert in the field about which he is writing!

In addition to stating a tremendous number of well-researched facts, this book draws tremendously important conclusions regarding the evolutionary relationships between plants and many organisms, humans in particular.

Who should read this book? In my opinion, you should purchase and either peruse this book, or possibly even study it intently, pen in hand, if you are interested in any of:
- Human physiology
- Human biology
- Human behaviour
- Human history
- Psychopharmacology
- Medicine
- Plant physiology
- Chemistry
- Evolution
- Or if you just like reading extraordinarily well researched, explicitly detailed descriptions of fascinating subjects.

I can't recommend Plants and the Human Brain highly enough. It was a pleasure to read through it the first time, and unlike most of the many books I've read, I keep it close by as a handy reference and find myself re-reading particular sections frequently.
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Unique and very Helpful Perspective 8. August 2015
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If you can handle biochemistry, enjoy understanding interactive evolutionary concepts, this book is great. It pulls together threads from many research papers and books and presents them with a valuable perspective on why plants make these biologically active chemicals in the first place and how they interact with humans. In depth it explains the long term interaction of plants to insects and that most of their effect on the human brain is peripheral damage. It has great description of what pathways plant base drugs use to create their effects. I am primarily an organic medicinal plant grower who also does some formulating. This book greatly helps with both plant formulations for people and for using as pest and disease control in plants. One minor compliant is there are a few inaccuracies, esp when claiming that nicotine is toxic and can be used in organic agriculture. It is toxic and can't be used in organic agriculture. The larger point that natural chemicals can be harmful to you is correct and important to make. The example used and slight dig at organics in general is unnecessary and detracts from the book. That said, the information in the book is helping me improve the use of creating on farm organic pest controls. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and refer to it often. There is also a great reference section and I am exploring many of those too.
Worth Your Time! Great! 16. November 2015
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Obviously many of the people who will read this book are already experts in human neurophysiology. I am not.

However, this book was written in such a clear and detailed fashion, with an amazing number of references, that I found it to be a perfect introduction to the field, even though it is obvious that many others will have understood much from this authoritative treatise.

I found particularly interesting the historical descriptions of how humans have used alkaloids and other substances from plants for centuries.

A great read!
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