WRITER: AMY LILLARD
CONTACT: DAVE PEDERSEN
2130 Medical Laboratories
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-8032; fax (319) 335-8034
Release: Oct. 22, 1999
UI Medical Museum features herbal medicine exhibition
IOWA CITY, Iowa A new exhibition on herbal
plants and their healing powers is featured at the University of Iowa Hospitals
and Clinics Medical Museum.
"Natures Pharmacy: Ancient Knowledge, Modern
Medicine," features 25 displays of plants used for medicinal benefit
in the past and present, according to Adrienne Drapkin, director of the museum.
The exhibition describes their origins, historical uses in healing and ritual,
current uses and areas of study, and the warnings surrounding each.
The museum focuses on plants ranging from ginseng
to garlic and gives special attention to the plants usage in past societies
rituals as well as in developing countries today. In many of these countries,
Western medicines are in short supply or too expensive so medicine made from
plants is relied upon, Drapkin said.
The exhibition, which will run through August 2000,
is a collaborative effort involving the museum, the UI Herbarium and other
university departments that make up the UI Collections Coalition.
The exhibition is free and open to the public during
museum hours, Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 1
to 4 p.m. in Gallery B. The museum is located on the eighth floor of the John
Colloton Pavilion in the UI Hospitals and Clinics. For more information, call
356-7106 or visit its website at www.vh.org/Welcome/UIHC/MedMuseum.html.