GCMG’s September meeting was held Monday, September 19th, at Gwinnett County’s George Pierce Park Senior Activity Center in Suwanee. This month’s program showcased speaker Debbie Cosgrove presenting a program on “A 19th century Physician’s Use of Medicinal Herbs with Emphasis on Native Plants”. Debbie introduced us to Dr. Durham’s use of medicinal plants. Dr. Durham was one of the more renowned physicians of Georgia during the 19th century.
Debbie is a graduate of UGA with a BS in Foods and Nutrition and an MS in Horticulture. In 2008 she and Ellen Whitaker co-authored a book containing the 19th century medicinal remedies of Dr. Lindsey Durham who resided near Athens, Ga. Debbie is affiliated with the historical preservation group the Friends of Scull Shoals. She has an interest in native plants and currently volunteers for the Georgia Perimeter College Native Garden in Decatur. She lives in Arnoldsville, Ga.
Debbie also had available copies of her book, “Dr. Durham’s Receipts: A 19th century’s Physician’s Use of Medicinal Herbs” by Debbie C. Cosgrove and Ellen Whitaker.