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The Untold History of Healing takes the listener on an exciting, expansive journey of the history of medicine from the Stone Age to modern times, explaining that Western medicine has its true origins in the healing lore of Paleolithic hunters and gatherers, herding nomads, and the early sedentary farmers rather than in the academic tradition of doctors and pharmacists. Anthropologist and ethnobotanist Wolf D. Storl vividly describes the many ways that ancient peoples have used the plants in their immediate environment, along with handed-down knowledge and traditions, to treat the variety of ailments they encountered in daily life.

©2017 Wolf D. Storl (P)2017 Random House Audio

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not what I was expecting when it said anthropology

I've only just started it and it seems to be less an anthropology book and more a bashing modern medicine and science kind of book. I regret not finding reviews before wasting a credit on it. I would really like my credit back.

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  • Angus
  • Willetton, Australia
  • 09-06-18

Want to love it but its too hard to listen too

The information in this book is amazing and the author is so knowledgeable but it is very hard to listen too. The book needs a good edit to make it suitable for reading aloud, it doesn't flow well and it is all over the place with lots of notes. The narrator talks way too fast, I some times turn books up to 1.5 speed, I wanted to turn this one down. It probably reads fine in print and is a valuable source of information if you are studying/interested in the history of healing, definitely worth it if you can handle the bad narration. It is not a relaxing listen, you have to be quite alert and actively listening.