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Author Michael J. Balick holds a PhD in biology from Harvard University and is Vice President for Botanical Science, Director and Philecology Curator of The Institute of Economic Botany at The New York Botanical Garden. An ethnobotanist with a specialty in global medicinal and food plants and the role they play in traditional healing systems, Dr. Balick has conducted field work with indigenous cultures around the world for more than 30 years.
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