Plants That Changed the World Author:Henry Bugbee Kane, Bertha S. Dodge The wonders performed in synthetic laboratories tend to make us forget that plants were synthesizing useful products long before man. Plants made the first fibers that men twisted into ropes. Plants first synthesized drugs, and are still busy making a long list of them, including such essentials as penicillin and quinine. Plants started the bill... more »ion-dollar business of elastomers and plastics. Most important of all, plants have taught men how to copy their products in the laboratory.
Chemists would have had few plant products to study had there not first been botanists and plant collectors. Their careful science, their knowledge of plants and their willingness to go anywhere in pursuit of them have resulted in the cultivation of some of our most vital plants in quantities sufficient to keep pace with ever-increasing demand.
This book describes some of the plant products that have helped make history and some of the men who sought the plants in remote wildernesses to bring them back for less adventurous men to use.« less