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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 Medicinal Plants An Ethnobotanical Dictionary
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