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Description - The Apothecaries' Garden by Sue Minter

Founded in 1673 by the Society of Apothecaries, the Chelsea Physic Garden led the world for over 300 years in the research and classification of new plants. Sue Minter examines its history and many notable achievements.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780750924498
ISBN-10: 0750924497
Format: Hardback
(244mm x 172mm x 21mm)
Pages: 221
Imprint: Sutton Publishing Ltd
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Publish Date: 19-May-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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UK Kirkus Review » A detailed account of the remarkable history of the Chelsea Physic Garden, four acres of land that have been cultivated without interruption since 1673. The Gardens contributions to medicine and commerce are manifold: the identification of Madgascar Periwinkle which is now the basis of many cancer treating drugs, the design of the first heated greenhouse, improving the cotton crop in the Georgia colonies and the invention of milk chocolate. The Garden has survived intact due to the shrewd foresight of it's founder Sir Han Sloane, in 1722 he guaranteed a beneficial ground rental in perpetuity on condition that the Garden coule never be sold or built upon but instead offered to a series of scientific societies. Chelsea Physic Garden has also made a begrudging and accidental contribution to female emancipation. In 1865 Elizabeth Garrett passed a medical botany examination en route to becoming Britain's first female doctor. The Society swiftly changed it's rules in 1867 to prevent this happening again, but retained a general botany class as an 'improving and refining acquirement' for young ladies. The class was well attended by students from North London Collegiate, a college dedictated to women's advancement through education, and allowed access to botany if not medicine. Illustrated with photoraphs, prints and anecdote this is a complete history of one of London's oldest institutions. (Kirkus UK)

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