Daniel E. Moerman

Daniel E. Moerman is William E. Stirton Professor of Anthropology at The University of Michigan-Dearborn. He received his PhD in Anthropology from the University of Michigan in 1974.
He has spent a career studying the influence of knowledge and belief on the human healing process. Most evident in what people call the placebo effect, but an aspect of all and any human medical intervention, these effects of meaning are the foundations of the healing quality of the therapeutic relationship.

In 2002, his book Meaning, Medicine, and the Placebo Effect (Cambridge University Press) reviewed the clinical and experimental evidence for this in detail. The book focuses particularly on the role of cultural factors – particularly the things people think, know or believe – in the healing process.

He enjoys woodworking (especially using his lathe, made in New Zealand), photography (especially of medicinal plants, about which he has also written extensively), cooking, and entertaining his grandchildren.
Native American Ethnobotany
Authors:
Daniel E. Moerman
Format: Hardcover
An extraordinary compilation of the plants used by North American native peoples for medicine, food, fiber, dye, and a host of other things. Anthropologist Daniel E. Moerman has devoted 25 years to the task of gathering together the accumulated ethnobotanical knowledge on more than 4000 plants. More than 44,000 uses for these plants by various tribes are documented here. This is undoubtedly the most massive ethnobotanical survey ever undertaken, preserving an enormous store of information for the future.
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Native American Food Plants: An Ethnobotanical Dictionary
Authors:
Daniel E. Moerman
Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Indigenous American; Indigenous Canadian;
Based on 25 years of research that combed every historical and anthropological record of Native American ways, this unprecedented culinary dictionary documents the food uses of 1500 plants by 220 Native American tribes from early times to the present.

Like anthropologist Daniel E. Moerman s previous volume, Native American Medicinal Plants, this extensive compilation draws on the same research as his monumental Native American Ethnobotany, this time culling 32 categories of food uses from an extraordinary range of species. Hundreds of plants, both native and introduced, are described. The usage categories include beverages, breads, fruits, spices, desserts, snacks, dried foods, and condiments, as well as curdling agents, dietary aids, preservatives, and even foods specifically for emergencies. Each example of tribal use includes a brief description of how the food was prepared. In addition, multiple indexes are arranged by tribe, type of food, and common names to make it easy to pursue specific research.

An essential reference for anthropologists, ethnobotanists, and food scientists, this will also make fascinating reading for anyone interested in the history of wild and cultivated local foods and the remarkable practical botanical knowledge of Native American forbears.
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Native American Medicinal Plants An Ethnobotanical Dictionary
Authors:
Daniel E. Moerman
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous American; Indigenous Canadian;
In Native American Medicinal Plants, anthropologist Daniel E. Moerman describes the medicinal use of more than 2700 plants by 218 Native American tribes. Information -- adapted from the same research used to create the monumental Native American Ethnobotany -- includes 82 categories of medicinal uses, ranging from analgesics, contraceptives, gastrointestinal aids, hypotensive medicines, sedatives, and toothache remedies. Native American Medicinal Plants includes extensive indexes arranged by tribe, usage, and common name, making it easy to access the wealth of information in the detailed catalog of plants. It is an essential reference for students and professionals in the fields of anthropology, botany, and naturopathy and an engaging read for anyone interested in ethnobotany and natural healing.

Daniel E. Moerman is the William E. Stirton Professor of Anthropology at the University of Michigan - Dearborn, so recognized for his distinguished scholarship, teaching, and professional accomplishments. He lives in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

800 pages
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