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April 24, 1926


JAMA. 1926;86(17):1287. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02670430029013

About the middle of the sixteenth century, botany began to receive attention as a branch of knowledge which, as was then believed, it was important for physicians to study; and from that time forward, for more than two centuries, it formed a regular part of the curriculum in all the leading medical schools. The two chairs of botany and anatomy were not infrequently combined. Fallopius, for example, held the chair of anatomy, surgery and botany in the University of Padua.1 This association has continued almost to the present generation in recognition of the helpfulness of botany in the search for drug-yielding plants or their cultivation. Zoology, on the other hand, has not been recognized to the same extent by the medical fraternity, except as certain specialized fields of biologic interest have become developed. It should be admitted that a somewhat desultory consideration has long been accorded to certain groups

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