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Health meets Horticulture - The Royal College of Pathologists exhibit at the Chelsea Flower Show

20 – 23 May 2003

For the first time, The Royal College of Pathologists is exhibiting in the Lifelong Learning Marquee at the Chelsea Flower Show – the highlight event in the Royal Horticulture Society’s calendar.

The exhibition ‘Pathologists and Plants Working in Partnership’ demonstrates plants used in pathological diagnosis, plants that cause pathological harm to humans and the way in which these diseases are diagnosed and treated. The show runs from Tuesday 20 (members only) to Friday 23 May 2003 in the grounds of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, London.

Visitors will be able to see how, for example, seaweed is used to make the substance pathologists use to grow bacteria like meningitis from patients’ samples. The exhibition includes a hands-on section where slides, stained with extract of Logwood tree so that the features are easily seen, can be viewed down a high-powered microscope and visitors can be shown how to make a diagnosis with the help of an expert pathologist.

Dr Tim Wreghitt, Chairman of Academic Activities at The Royal College of Pathologists said, “Being at the Chelsea Flower Show may not be the obvious place to find a medical pathologist, but we thought it was an excellent opportunity to tell people that we are not all galloping about solving crimes or carrying out post mortems – in fact most medical pathologists, in addition to investigating deaths, mostly help keep patients alive and the public healthy. The link between pathologists and plants is a natural one. Plants were the basis of all medicine at one time and at Chelsea we hope to show how important they still are in our everyday practice”.

Professor James Underwood, President of The Royal College of Pathologists added, "This display is part of our mission to improve the public understanding of the work of pathologists. Although some plants are harmful, pathologists use plant extracts in the diagnosis of many diseases. Other plant extracts are used to treat the diseases we diagnose."

Visitor information:

  • The RHS Chelsea Flower Show runs from 20 - 23 May 2003 (20 and 21 May for RHS Members only)
  • In the grounds of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, London SW3
  • Ticket prices range from £9 - £29
  • Ticket Hotline (Public) 0870 906 3781
  • Ticket Hotline (RHS members) 0870 906 3780
  • RHS Show information 020 7649 1885 or Online RHS Show information RHS Show information
  • Online bookings


Editor’s notes:

  • Founded in 1962, the College is a professional membership organisation committed to the excellence in the practice of pathology. Its 7700 Members and Fellows work in hospital laboratories, universities and industry worldwide. The main specialties of pathology are clinical biochemistry, cytopathology, forensic pathology, genetics, haematology, histocompatibility and immunogenetics, histopathology, immunology, microbiology, neuropathology, paediatric pathology, toxicology, transfusion medicine, veterinary pathology and virology.

For further information or to arrange an interview, please contact Louisa Mullan: telephone: 020 7451 6752
fax: 020 7451 6701
mobile: 078 7538 5383
email: (not for publication)

Issued: 8 May 2003


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