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Why study the use of animal products in traditional medicines?

Overview of attention for article published in Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine, October 2012
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Title
Why study the use of animal products in traditional medicines?
Published in
Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine, October 2012
DOI 10.1186/1746-4269-1-5
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Authors

Rômulo RN Alves, Ierecê L Rosa

Abstract

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that as many as 80% of the world's more than six billion people rely primarily on animal and plant-based medicines. The healing of human ailments by using therapeutics based on medicines obtained from animals or ultimately derived from them is known as zootherapy. The phenomenon of zootherapy is marked both by a broad geographical distribution and very deep historical origins. Despite their importance, studies on the therapeutic use of animals and animal parts have been neglected, when compared to plants. This paper discusses some related aspects of the use of animals or parts thereof as medicines, and their implications for ecology, culture (the traditional knowledge), economy, and public health.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Brazil 5 3%
Malawi 1 <1%
Zimbabwe 1 <1%
Uganda 1 <1%
Switzerland 1 <1%
South Africa 1 <1%
United Kingdom 1 <1%
Mexico 1 <1%
Unknown 167 93%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 43 24%
Student > Ph. D. Student 25 14%
Researcher 25 14%
Student > Bachelor 21 12%
Student > Postgraduate 18 10%
Other 32 18%
Unknown 15 8%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 80 45%
Environmental Science 24 13%
Social Sciences 12 7%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 9 5%
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science 7 4%
Other 24 13%
Unknown 23 13%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 1. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 24 October 2012.
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