Objects of Art: Herb Garden
Location: Front and side of the Library, Building 38
Throughout history man has looked to the plant kingdom for medicine to heal wounds, alleviate pain, and cure disease. In the European tradition, the great herbals of the 16th through 19th centuries were as much textbooks of the healing arts as they were botanical compendia. (The Library's History of Medicine Division houses a collection of these beautiful books.) Today there is a renewed interest in the subject of medicinal herbs and modern medicine is rediscovering the healing powers of some plants which had been dismissed or forgotten.