History of Medicine
R 614 By Region or Country. Indonesia
Indonesian Folk Medicine is an ethnobotanical index which "embraces both the
medicinal plants of the forests and the plants of the clearings..." and is
part of the plant genome databases of the National Genetic Resource
Programs of the USDA. Developed to help target renewable products,
particularly medicinal plants which would add to the known value of
Indonesia's rain forests, the index contains at least 100,000 entries,
linking medical and folkloric properties.
Upon accessing the site, the userwill find a Gopher menu with two topics:
an introduction ot the site and the site's search engine. Under the first
topic, the user will find informtation on the intent of the index, its
emphasis to equate common names with scientific taxonomy, as well as its
designation for economic botanists. Records within the index contain: (1)
the plant's scientific name (and the name's author, if available); (2) the
plant's common name; (3) use of the plant; (4) geographic or ethnic
and (5) source of information. The search engine for the site is activated
through a keyword field; users will then be able to view matching entries,
featuring the items mentioned previously.
The index was created by Jim Duke and is maintained by the National Genetic
Resource Program; United States Department of Agriculture; Beltsville,
Select search engnine from site's main page; submit keyword to activate
index and view matching entries.