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Plants used as medicine discussed

Posted: Friday, April 29, 2011

Kathleen Warfel Hull, MD, will present an illustrated lecture titled “Pioneer Medicinal Plants” May 5 at the Huntington City-Township Library beginning at 6:30 p.m. Dr. Hull will speak about the state of medical care in the 1800’s and about some of the plants that Indiana pioneers would have used to treat illness and injury.

Dr. Hull was raised in Indianapolis and attended Butler University as a dance major and pre-med major. Following medical school at Washington University in St. Louis and Pathology residency training at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, she joined the faculty at the Indiana University School of Medicine, eventually becoming Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.

Hull taught Pathology to medical students and dental students, was director of the Hospital Autopsy Services and held many faculty governance leadership positions in the school and university. After an early retirement in 2000, Dr. Hull became an Advanced Purdue Master Gardener in Marion and Morgan Counties. She has been involved in many volunteer projects, including serving as head of the Medicinal Plant Garden at the Indiana Medical History Museum in Indianapolis since 2003.

A long-time member of the medical museum’s board of directors and president of the Marion County Master Gardener Association, Hull currently is secretary of the board of directors of the IMA Horticultural Society. She has three grown children and lives with her husband in a log house in the woods of Morgan County.

The presentation requires registration in advance by calling the Huntington County Purdue Extension office at (260) 358-4826. Sponsored by the Huntington County Master Gardeners, the lecture is one in a series of free public-education programs to be presented throughout 2011.