Malay Poisons and Charm Cures
By John D. Gimlette
Published almost a century ago, Malay Poisons and Charm Cures remains a classic and still definitive reference on the pharmacopoeia and practices of Malay healers, shamans (bomoh) and sorcerers (pawing). Gimlette, a British physician, resided in the Malay State of Kelantan for over a decade, during which he gathered the data that comprises the core of this work. Intended as a medical reference for the Colonial Administration, Gimlette's observations were far more widely encompassing, shedding light not only on traditional pharmacology and toxicology, native theories of disease, medical practice, religious ritual and superstition, but also on Malay anthropology generally.
With the present revival in interest in traditional medicine, herbal toxins and treatments, as well as in shamanic practice, Gimlette's work offers rich rewards for a new generation of readers.
“The republication of Gimlette’s Malay Poisons and Charm Cures is welcome… let us hope that Gimlette’s treatise on the toxicology of common and esoteric trees, shrubs and animals falls into the hands of kindly spirits.” David J. Banks, American Anthropologist, Vol. 74.4
Bangkok 2011, first published 1929
Size 140 x 215 mm