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Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.

Henry Ford (1863-1947)

This text is dedicated to Paul Coates and Joseph Betz of the Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS), National Institutes of Health (NIH). They recognized the value of this work in helping to promote botanical microscopy as a quality assurance tool, provided funding, and expressed unrivaled patience in its completion. The text is also dedicated to

Professor Dr. Johannes Jurenitsch and Professor Dr. Wolfgang Kubelka of the Institute for Pharmacognosy, University of Vienna, Austria, who generously provided the technical resources and allowed Professor Dr. Reinhard Länger to develop all of the microscopic characterizations included in this work. This text would not have been possible without their vision, dedication to classical botanical pharmacognosy, and their generosity; and to

Professor Dr. Reinhard Länger, whose unrivaled skill and dedication to botanical microscopy has and will help to keep this important discipline alive for future generations.

FiGuRE 1 Professor Dr. Wolfgang Kubelka (left), Prof. Dr. Reinhard Länger (center), Roy upton (right). university of Vienna Botanical excursion, Southern Tyrols, italy (2000).

I do not need to expound at length the pleasure and delight that the knowledge of plants brings, since there is no one who does not know that there is nothing in life more pleasant and delightful than to wander through the woods, and over mountains and meadows, garlanded and adorned these varied, exquisite blossoms and herbs, and to gaze at them with keen eyes. This pleasure and delight is increased not a little if an understanding of their usefulness and powers is added. For there is as much pleasure and enjoyment in learning as in looking.

Leonhart Fuchs, 1542, De Historia Stirpium commentary insignes

FIGURE 2 Yarrow (Achillea millefolium); the signature plant of the University of Vienna. (From Woodville, W. Medical Botany. 1810.)

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