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Guyana-born Chemist and Ethno-botanist – Conrad Gorinsky – Dead at 83

An Ethno-botanist Who Wanted to Save the Amazon But was Accused of Biopiracy

Dr. Conrad Gorinsky

Obituary | The Times

Conrad Gorinsky was born in Parubaru, near the Kuyuwini river, in British Guiana on March 7, 1936. He died of pneumonia after being treated for nasal cancer on August 18, 2019 at age 83 

As a young woman lay dying after being bitten by a venomous sea snake in Papua New Guinea, Conrad Gorinsky bemused his fellow explorers by smearing her swollen leg with mashed mango.

A world authority on the medicinal properties of tropical plants, whose reputation was later tarnished by allegations of “biopiracy”, Gorinsky was familiar with the ancient treatment for snake bites used by the indigenous people. The girl made a full recovery.            Continue reading

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