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Medical News & Perspectives
October 9, 2002

Seeds of Knowledge Grow in Urban Garden

JAMA. 2002;288(14):1706-1707. doi:10.1001/jama.288.14.1706

Chicago—Ask Harry H. S. Fong, PhD, how the University of Illinois at Chicago's (UIC) College of Pharmacy decided which species to include in its new medicinal plant garden, and he responds without a second thought. "Ouija board," says the professor of pharmacognosy, grinning. Tucked into an inconspicuous corner of the urban campus, UIC's recently dedicated garden is a microcosm of its massive Pharmacognosy Field Station, located about 25 miles west of the campus in suburban Downer's Grove, Ill.