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The Joshua Lederberg Papers

Title:
Letter from Joshua Lederberg to Donald R. Kirk Annotation pdf (48,076 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Joshua Lederberg to Donald R. Kirk
Description:
Item is handwritten.
Number of Image Pages:
1 (48,076 Bytes)
Date:
1972-04-25 (April 25, 1972)
Creator:
Lederberg, Joshua
Recipient:
Kirk, Donald R.
Rights:
This item is in the public domain. It may be used without permission.
Relation:
Lederberg Grouping: Correspondence D
Box Number: 20
Folder Number: 163
Unique Identifier:
BBGAVK
Accession Number:
29
Document Type:
Letters (correspondence)
Language:
English
Format:
application/pdf
image/tif
Physical Condition:
Good
Series: Correspondence, 1935-2002
SubSeries: 1961-1978
Folder: Kirk, Donald R.
Transcript:
Donald R Kirk
Biology
Shasta College
Redding, Calif.
[stamped, Apr 25 1972]
"Wild Edible Plants of the U.S." -- I found to be most enjoyable and informative. May I make just two comments:
(1) The recording of medicinal attributes is interesting, and for some purposes useful. But I fear some of your readers may take folk-remedies far more seriously than you intend -- and with serious harm or neglect to their own health. I would urge a clear cautionary note.
(2) Bracken fern is well documented to contain a carcinogen -- with grave dangers that may not be manifest for many years, nor in everyone who eats it. Your strong "bill of good health" (p. 18) may be an insidious booby trap: you manifestly shoulder a grave responsibility!
Sincerely,
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2006-12-20
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Annotation by Joshua Lederberg:
KW: wild edible plants; bracken fern has carcinogen; natural food;

jl 12/25/99