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Books recommended by SearchIt!Science:

Poisons in Our Path: Plants That Harm and Heal — Anne Ophelia Dowden

Published by HarperCollins, 1994.

The red berries of the jack-in-the-pulpit might look appetizing, but they contain crystals that can burn the inside of your mouth. The deadly amanita looks like its nonpoisonous mushroom cousins, but one bite can bring convulsions and death. The tiny leaf shoots of the milkweed are a delicious springtime vegetable, but a handful of its leaves later in the season can kill a sheep. Botanical illustrator Anne Ophelia Dowden introduces both common and extraordinary plants that can poison animals and people. The folklore that surrounds them, their history, their features, and the effects of their poison are discussed in detail. The book also describes how plants have been used as medicine through history.

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Power Words

antibiotic A drug used to treat or prevent a disease that is caused by bacteria or other germs that cause disease. Some antibiotics are made in nature by organisms such as molds. Penicillin is a kind of antibiotic.

inflammation The swelling, pain, and rise in temperature that is caused by injury or infection.

mucus A thick, slippery substance that covers and protects a part of the body, such as the inside of the mouth and nose.

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