Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. States Rights Gist (September 3, 1831 November 30, 1864) was a lawyer, a militia general in South Carolina, and a Confederate Army general who served during the American Civil War. A relative of several prominent South Carolinians, Gist rose to fame later during the war but was killed during the Franklin-Nashville Campaign in November 1864. Gist was born in Union, South Carolina, to Nathaniel Gist and Elizabeth Lewis McDaniel and was distantly related to Mordecai Gist, a general in the Continental Army during the American Revolution. He graduated from South Carolina College and attended Harvard Law School for a year without graduating, before moving home to Union to practice law. In 1863, Gist married Jane Margaret Adams, whose father was James Hopkins Adams, governor of South Carolina from 1854 until 1856. In 1858, Gist''s cousin William Henry Gist became governor. Both were active in the secession movement.
The main gist of this book is the attempt to address the gap between the Intellectual Property Rights and the Traditional Knowledge Based in traditional African societies. It has always been a fact that the most scientific discoveries on medications in the modern society are based on the traditional knowledge. However, while the discoveries are recognized and protected under the law in various forms though mostly through patent, the later is not. The book inclusive other things like the on going biopiracy by multinational pharmaceutical corporations in traditional societies, tries to answer questions like: Do the International regulations protect the Traditional knowledge based? In whose favor are these regulations? What should be done to balance the interest in case the regulations do not guarantee that?