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BiblioNoticias No. 92, November 1997

Editor: Ann Hartness

Ethnobotany in Mexico: An Annotated Bibliography

Compiled by Hervé Gabriel Aguirre

The discovery of the New World resulted in the discovery and subsequent utilization of many new species of plants, such as potato, avocado, chocolate, and coca. Ethnobotany, the study of the use of plants by native people and the relationship to their environment, has been a part of the literature of the New World since the sixteenth century. Bernardino de Sahagún, a Franciscan friar, was first to examine the plant use of the Nahua. Since then, many others have studied the relationship of the people of Mexico to their environment. The publications listed here are located in the Benson Latin American Collection stacks, unless otherwise indicated.


BIBLIOGRAPHIES

Guerra, Francisco. Bibliografía de la materia médica mexicana: catálogo alfabético según autores de libros, monografías, folletos, tesis recepcionales y artículos en revistas periódicas que se refieren a las propiedades medicinales de las drogas mexicanas. México: Prensa Médica Mexicana, 1950.
An extensive bibliography covering historical literature on the subject from the colonial period to 1950.
G016.6151 G937B LAC

_________. Historia de la materia médica hispano-americana y filipina en la época colonial: inventario crítico y bibliográfico de manuscritos. Madrid: Afrodisio Aguardo, 1973.
Annotated bibliography covering materials from the colonial era. Good historical source.
RS 174 G83 LAC

Ramírez, Axel. Bibliografía comentada de la medicina tradicional mexicana (1900-1978). Monografías científicas 3. México: Instituto Mexicano para el Estudio de Plantas Medicinales (IMEPLAM), 1978.
An excellent annotated bibliography which includes sources in English.
GR 115 R344 LAC

Tesis sobre plantas medicinales realizadas en la Facultad Química de la UNAM, 1933-1975: índice. México: Instituto Mexicano para el Estudio de Plantas Medicinales (IMEPLAM), 1976.
This list of theses covering a forty-two year period does not include abstracts.
QK 99 M6 I565 1976 LAC

GENERAL SOURCES

Aguirre Beltrán, Gonzalo. Antropología médica. México: Centro de Investigaciones Superiores en Antropología Social, 1986.
Relation between anthropology and indigenous medical practices. Socio-cultural roles and the roles between cultural domination and healing.
GN 296 A48 1986 LAC

Boletín de la Sociedad Mexicana de Micología. 19 vols. México DF: 1968-84.
Annual (1968-1984) publication of the society for the study of mushrooms and fungi, with scholarly papers on many aspects of mushrooms found in Mexico, including their medicinal qualities.
QK 600 S634 LAC

Estrada, Alvaro. María Sabina: Her Life and Chants. Santa Barbara: Ross Erickson, 1981.
Autobiography of the folk healer as told to the author. Contains notes and chants. The Spanish version, Vida de María Sabina: la sabia de los hongos (F1221 M35 M367 LAC), does not include notes.
F 1221 M35 M37413 LAC

International Congress of Human Sciences in Asia and North Africa (30th: 1976: Mexico City, Mexico). Coloquio "Psicotrópicos de origen vegetal, sus implicaciones históricas y culturales. Psychotropics of Vegetal [sic] Origins, Their Historical and Cultural Implications." México: Instituto Mexicano para el Estudio de las Plantas Medicinales (IMEPLAM), 1976.
Conference papers by a variety of contributors in English and Spanish.
RM 315 I525 1976M LAC

Lozoya, Xavier ed. Estado actual del conocimiento en plantas medicinales mexicanas. México: Instituto Mexicano para el Estudio de las Plantas Medicinales (IMEPLAM), 1976.
Contains essays by various authors on selected issues in the study of medicinal plants.
QK 99 M6 E79 LAC

Medicina tradicional y atención primaria: ensayos de homenaje a Gonzalo Aguirre Beltrán. México: Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social, 1987.
This collection of essays by various authors honoring the ethnohistorian, Gonzalo Aguirre Beltrán, covers aspects of the study of traditional medicine in Mexico in the twentieth century.
GR 115 M436 1987 LAC

Wasson, R. Gordon. El hongo maravilloso Teonanacatl: micolatría en Mesoamérica. México, 1983.
Author explores relationship of Mesoamerican civilizations to psychotropic mushrooms.
F 1219.3 R38 W2818 1983 LAC

HISTORY AND HISTORICAL SOURCES

Aguirre Beltrrán, Gonzalo. Medicina y magia: el proceso de aculturación en la estructura colonial. México: Universidad Veracruzana, Instituto Nacional Indigenista, 1992.
Historical overview of the meeting of the two cultures. Extensive notes. Bibliography includes numerous references to cases of the Inquisition in Mexico.
R 465 A38 1992 LAC

Esteyneffer, Juan. Florilegio medicinal de todas las enfermedades. Edited by María del Carmen Anzures y Bolaños. 6th ed. 2 vols. México: Academia Nacional de Medicina, 1978.
Colonial era classic containing remedies for all sorts of maladies. Includes medications, surgical procedures, efficacious plants, and other information.
R 148 E84 1978 LAC

Estrada Lugo, Erin Ingrid Jane. El Códice Florentino: su información etnobotánica. Montecillo, México: Colegio de Posgraduados, Institución de Enseñanza e Investigación en Ciencias Agrícolas, 1989.
Ethnobotanical study and comparison of plants in the Florentine codex with Nahua taxonomy and modern scientific classification. Classification and uses of plants.
F 1219.76 E83 E88 1989 LAC

López Austin, Alfredo. Textos de medicina nahuatl. 2nd ed. México: Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Instituto de Investigaciones Históricas, 1975. (Serie de cultura nahuatl. Monografía 19) Medical knowledge of the Nahua. Contributions by Bernardino de Sahagún, Francisco Hernández, others.
F 1219.3 M5 L673 1975 LAC

Treviño Vda. de Saenz, Herlinda. Primer herbario azteca y mestizaje agrícola: siglo XV al XX. México DF: Talleres Gráficos Luysil, 1974.
Includes the "Herbario escrito en Nahuatl por Martín de la Cruz," a Spanish translation of the Latin text, "Libellus de medicinalibus Indorum herbis." A facsimile of the Latin text is found in The Badianus Manuscript (Codex Barberini, Latin 241) Vatican Library: An Aztec Herbal of 1552 (-Q- GZ 615.32 C889B LAC-Z) RS 173 M6 T748 LAC

CONTEMPORARY TAXONOMY

Barrera Marín, Alfredo. Nomenclatura etnobotánica maya: una interpretación taxonómica. Colección científica 36. México: Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia, 1976.
Guide to Mayan taxonomy. Orthography of Mayan terms and scientific names. Illustrated.
F 1435.3 F746 LAC

Cabrera, Luis G. Plantas curativas de México: propiedades medicinales de las más conocidas plantas de México, su aplicación correcta y eficaz. 5th ed. México: Ediciones Cicerón, 1958?
Alphabetic guide; contains medicinal uses and descriptions of plants.
QK 99 M6 C337 1958 LAC

Diaz, José Luis. Indice y sinonimía de las plantas medicinales de México. Monografías científicas 1. México, DF: Instituto Mexicano Para el Estudio de las Plants Medicinales (IMEPLAM), 1976. Index of species, class, and common name. Bibliography on the historical literature.
QK 99 M6 D54 LAC

Estrada Lugo, Erick. Jardín Botánico de Plantas Medicinales Maximino Martínez 1888-1964. Chapingo, México: Universidad Autonóma Chapingo, Departamento de Fitotécnia, 1985.
Guide to the botanical garden which collects medicinal plants from all over Mexico.
QK 73 M242 L85 1985 LAC

García Rivas, Heriberto. Plantas medicinales de México: descripción y usos. México: Editorial Panorama, 1988.
Alphabetical pocket guide. Describes applications and dosages.
QK 99 M6 G42 1988 LAC

Lozoya, Xavier. Flora medicinal de México. Primera parte: plantas indígenas. México: Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social, 1982.
Covers selected indigenous medicinal and psychotropic plants, their range, and common names.
QK 99 M498 L69 1982 PT.1 LAC

Martínez, Maximino. Las plantas medicinales de México. 6th ed. México, DF: Ediciones Botas, 1989.
Encyclopedic alphabetical guide to plant characteristics and uses. Covers those identified scientifically, and those known by common names. Illustrated.
RS 173 M6 M3 1989 LAC

REGIONAL STUDIES

Alcorn, Janis B. Huastec Mayan Ethnobotany. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1984.
A study of the plant usage of the Huasteca Indians in the state of San Luis Potosí.
F 1221 H8 A42 1984 LAC

Amo R., Silvia del. Plantas medicinales del estado de Veracruz. 2nd ed. Xalapa: Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones sobre Recursos Bióticos, 1980.
Covers plants from the state and their uses. Scientific data and common Mayan names. Illustrated.
QK 99 M6 A66 1980 LAC

Baytelman, Bernardo. Acerca de plantas y de curanderos: Etnobotánica y antropología médica en el estado de Morelos. México: Instituto Nacional de Antropologia e Historia, 1993.
Posthumous volume contains "De enfermos y curanderos," and the earlier "Etnobotánica en el estado de Morelos: metodología e introducción al estudio de 50 plantas de la zona norte del estado de Morelos." This guide to the plants combines historical texts with modern. Multipart text with index to maladies and their curative plants. Also contains personal testimonials and interviews.
GN 560 M6 B3 1993 LAC

López Estudillo, Rigoberto and Alicia Hinojosa García. Catálogo de las plantas medicinales sonorenses. Hermosillo: Universidad de Sonora, 1988.
Medicinal plants of the state of Sonora by family, scientific name, and common name.
QK 99 M498 L66 1988 LAC

Mapes, Cristina. Etnomicología purepecha: el conocimiento y uso de los hongos en la cuenca de Pátzcuaro, Michoacán. Serie etnociencia. Cuadernos de etnobiología 2 México: Secretaría de Educación Pública (SEP), 1981.
Two-year case study of knowledge and use of mushrooms around the Lake Pátzcuaro basin in Michoacán by of the Purepecha people. Scientific taxonomy. Includes use of psychotropics.
QK 617 M365 1981 LAC

Nabhan, Gary Paul. The Desert Smells Like Rain: A Naturalist in Papago Indian Country. San Francisco: North Point Press, 1982.
Study of the Tohono O'odham and their relationship to and use of the environment and plants on both sides of the Arizona/Mexico border.
E 99 P25 N32 1982 -- PCL stacks; UGL


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