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National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science: Mildred Using Plants: The Medicinal Value of Plants

posted Dec 6, 2011, 11:23 AM by Mark Urban-Lurain

Mildred Using Plants: The Medicinal Value of Plants by Paula P. Lemons and Luanna B. Prevost, Department of Plant Biology, University of Georgia, Athens, GA.

Dr. Prevost has recently joined CEER as a Research Associate.

This case introduces students to the medicinal value of plants and to scientific investigations carried out to understand the effects of various plant chemicals on human physiology. Students first learn background information about medicinal plants and experimental design. They then meet Mildred and play the role of Mildred's friend to help her sift through information about traditional herbal remedies in order to make a decision about her health. The case was developed for an introductory biology course.

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