I love seeing the huge changes from then and now. And I agree, though the vast majority of our pharmaceutical agents are plant derivatives, synthetic and biological products are rapidly gaining ground on the world of botanical medicine. It is not a surprise that most physicians in times past were botanists.
Let your walls bloom with beautiful homemade artwork. Find free botanical images online and print them on old book pages. To create a textural mat, cut linen a little larger than the page and machine stitch 1/4 inch from all edges. Fray the edges by pulling out threads down to the stitched line. Machine-stitch the page to the linen mat, then hang using bulldog clips.