Pain, Pus and Poison: The Search for Modern Medicines
Health-Medical Documentary hosted by Michael Mosley, published by BBC in 2013 – English narration
Pain, Pus and Poison tells the extraordinary story of how mankind learnt to look at the world around him and use it to heal his body.
Michael Mosley tells the extraordinary story of how the world’s most useful and valuable drugs were created.
This BBC series tells of how our search to cure ourselves of anything from the most common, to the most life threatening of ailments, has led to a profound understanding of chemistry, and how we discovered some of the most widely used products on the planet – pharmaceuticals.
It’s a story of revelation and genius, and a story that ultimately has transformed – and saved – the lives of millions of people across the planet, lives that are now lived longer and healthier than at any time in our history.
A BBC Open University Partnership
Dr Michael Mosley ends the series with a look at poisons, exploring the turning points when scientists went from finding antidotes to poisons to applying poisons as a cure – celebrating the eccentrics and mavericks whose breakthroughs were to pave the way for some of the most striking treatments of modern medicine. Of the medicines explored in this series, those that are derived from poisons are perhaps the most extraordinary. The story of turning poisons into medicines encompasses the planet’s most deadly substances, in which we turned killers into cures.
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Published on: Sep 14, 2016 @ 23:55