About the Book

In the coffee-growing highlands of Ethiopia, an Italian scientist on a plant collecting expedition discovers a local medicine man dispensing an apparent cure for AIDS. As the medicine man’s teenage daughter reveals the plants behind the cure, their lives become irrevocably intertwined. Through These Veins weaves together the dramatically different worlds of traditional healing, U.S. government funded AIDS research, and the pharmaceutical industry in an intensely personal, fast-paced tale of scientific intrigue and love, with both devastating and hopeful effect.

Enthralling. Through These Veins doesn't just call plants by their names; it sings their praises. There is no better case for conservation than this vivid account of how our wellbeing is so intertwined with the secret lives of plants.
- Calestous Juma, Director, of Science, Technology, and Globalization Project at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government