Report of Botanical Survey of Southern and Central Louisiana
Excerpt from Report of Botanical Survey of Southern and Central Louisiana: Made During the Year 1870 I never knew such a one. There may be such individuals - for religion only can change the heart - but if there be they are very rare exceptions, and the loud clamors which are always raised against the man of science who errs proves how rarely the study of the Creator fails to exert an ennobling effect upon a well regulated mind. Fortunate, indeed, are the youths of either sex who early imbibe a taste for natural knowledge, and whose predilections are not thwarted by injudicious friends." It may indeed be said of the botanist what has been said of the astronomer, that a botanist who does not believe in the existence of God is mad, for the sublime beauties of nature which are constantly presented to his mind, must necessarily lead him from nature to nature's God, whom he recognizes as the author of all those splendid marvels of creative wisdom, which are scattered all around him for the use and enjoyment of man. The Importance of Botany in Agriculture and Medicine. Botany has an intimate connection with agriculture, and its practical bearing in this respect has not been sufficiently developed. The agriculturalist who combines science with experience and practical observation, may derive some valuable hints from his botanical knowledge, which might lead to the most important results, not only in the cultivation of the plants, which are the sources of his wealth, but in banishing from his fields those troublesome weeds and grasses which keep his plows and hoes busy during the whole period of the crop season. It is indeed a very remarkable fact that even physicians, otherwise well educated, know little or nothing about botanical science, when more than one-half of all the remedial agents employed, and some of them the most important of the pharmacop ia, are derived from the vegetable kingdom, while the other half, comprising mineral substances altogether incompatible with human organism, might be beneficially superseded by vegetable remedies of far greater efficacy and active powers, if physicians studied the numerous plants possessing medicinal virtues, which are diffused in the greatest abundance all over the surface of the globe. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works."