Book Review

Medicinal Mushrooms: An Exploration of Tradition, Healing and Culture
by Christopher Hobbs

Cover: Medicinal Mushrooms

This book is subtitled "An Exploration of Tradition, Healing and Culture". It is drawn from a broad range of written work from the historical record, relatively recent clinical reports and scientific studies. Hobbs is quick to point out that the credibility of some sources is difficult to determine so one must be a bit wary of the material presented in the book. Nonetheless, Hobbs does a great job of accumulating the breadth of information on a wide range of species. This information is critical to you if you are thinking about entering the medicinal marketplace with your mushrooms.

The book begins with an introduction and nine chapters which span the botany, history, medicinal value and nutritional value of mushrooms. The core of the book, for anyone interested in a particular species, is the section of 27 monographs which address the following species in detail:

Thirteen other species (Agaricus bisporus, Calvatia gigantea, Valvatia spp., Cantharellus cibarius, Flammulina velutipes, Lactarius russula, Morchella esculenta, Phallus impudicus, Piptoporus betulinus, Polyporus mylittae, Pycnoporus sanguineus, Ustalago maydis, and Volvariella volvacea) are addressed briefly.

The discussions are supported with a bibliography that runs almost 40 pages.

The bottom line: if you want to pursue medicinal markets, you need this book.