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Joseph Jakob Plenck


Joseph Jacob Plenck (1735-1807) a noted physician, he is considered the forerunner in modern European dermatology.  He was also interested in plants for medical uses resulting in the publication “Icones Plantarum Medicinalium Secundum Systema Linnaei Digestarum” published in Vienna from 1788-1803.  The plants were used in traditional cures for urolithiasis, nephritis, cystitis and bladder ulcers.