Letter: In Brief

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The Independent Culture
Sir: Your obituary of Dame Iris Murdoch (10 February) was illustrated by the portrait of her by Tom Phillips RA. Phillips includes a sprig of the ginko biloba tree in the foreground, beyond which Dame Iris gazes calmly into the distance. The ginko is the oldest living tree, being known from fossil records. It has long been used by the Chinese as a herbal remedy for memory and is the subject of extensive international research as a treatment for Alzheimer's disease. A remarkably coincidence that adds a poignant resonance to this portrait.

HARRY CAYTON

Executive Director

Alzheimer's Disease Society

London SW1

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