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From Magic to Molecules: A Short History of the Science of Medicinal Plants

Tuesday, April 6, 2010 @ 7:00 PM-8:30 PM

Featured Speaker: Wendy Applequist, Ph.D., Assistant Curator, William L. Brown Center, Missouri Botanical Garden

Plants have always been a major source of medicines, and to this day, two-thirds of the world’s population use medicinal plants as primary health care. Today many lifesaving pharmaceutical drugs have been developed from plants and it’s virtually certain that more lifesaving drugs remain to be found. Missouri Botanical Garden Curator, Wendy Applequist, talks on the development of the scientific study of medicinal plants, from pre-scientific and pre-human use to formal experimental methods used in medieval Arabic pharmacy to modern drug development, the means of validating traditional use of whole plants– and why some useful herbs can never be made into drugs.

To be held at:
Missouri History Museum – Lee Auditorium

Lindell and DeBaliviere in Forest Park

St. Louis, Missouri 63112

FREE and OPEN to ALL. Middle and high school students welcome.
Parking free in Museum lots or in Forest Park.

Perspectives on Science & History Series Co-sponsored by:


Tuesday, April 6, 2010
7:00 PM-8:30 PM
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