Plants & Human Affairs
Cherries.wmf (7140 bytes) Plants & Human Affairs (BIOL106)  -  Stephen G. Saupe, Ph.D.; Biology Department, College of St. Benedict/St. John's University, Collegeville, MN 56321;;

Natural History of Medicinal Plants - Preface, Chapters 1 & 2


  1. What is the Dietary Health and Education Act (1994)?  What are some of the consequences (positive and negative) of this legislation?

Short Answer Questions:

  1. What is the Doctrine of Signatures?  Give some examples?  Is this a scientific idea?  Explain why or why not (does it meet the criteria of testability and falsifiability)?
  2. What is an organic compound?  Give an example.
  3. Read an article about Joseph Rock and Richard Evans Schultes.  Do these articles match with the statements made about these men by the author? 

Timeline Question:  The following diagram represents a timeline from prehistoric times to the present 2005 AD.  Beneath each major period in history is a letter (A-F).  Match each of the following with the appropriate time on the timeline.

        ____ // _____________________________________________________
       |                       |                |                 |               |                 |                    |     
  prehistory           500 BC          0           500 AD        1000          1500     
                      A               B               C                D                 E                   F           

_______ Aristotle   _______ Hieronymous Bock


  _______ Hippocrates
_______ de Materica medica   _______ Linnaeus
_______ Dioscorides   _______ medieval period


  _______ Pliny
_______ Renaissance period   _______ Theophrastus

Medicinal Plant Matching
Match each of the following with the appropriate plant.

a.  Black nightshade   b.  Chaulmoogra    c.  Foxglove
d.  Madagascar periwinkle e.  Queen Anne�s lace f. Poppy

_____ cure for dropsy
_____ digitalis
_____ discovered by Joseph Rock
_____ heart medicine
_____ herb poisonous to some, but not others?
_____ heroin
_____ native to China, Burma
_____ opium
_____ pod produces latex
_____ potency greatest in the morning
_____ related to tomatoes
_____ treatment for leprosy
_____ treatment for breast cancer
_____ treatment for Giardia and intestinal parasites
_____ treatment for leukemia and Hodgkin�s disease
_____ used for contraception or to induce abortion
_____ Wild carrot
_____ William Withering

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