Researchers and historians band together to create novel treatments for illnesses. Dr. John Riddle, a professor of history, actually started off with an education in medicine, eventually earning an MD. He became interested in history through studying traditional medicinal plants–plants he said were just laughed at and dismissed when people wrote papers on their pharmaceutical uses.These plants first caught his eye when a close friend of his was diagnosed with lymphoma cancer. “I looked up to see what he was taking… I found out those two chemical compounds for chemotherapy where from a plant–a Vinca plant — periwinkle is the English word,” Riddle said.
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