Pain, Pus & Poison – a fascinating series covering the development of modern medicine

By Michael Edmonds 28/10/2014 1


I’ve always been fascinated by the evolution of modern medicine, particularly the development of modern pharmaceuticals, so I was looking forward to catching “Pain, Pus & Poison – The Search For Modern Medicine” on Sky TV, however, managed to miss the first episode. Luckily I discovered the episodes are also available on Youtube

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ni-pK2EBxaw

The first episode covers the development of some of the drugs that have changed history – from ether and nitrous oxide for pain free surgery, aspirin for treating pain and fever, to some of the less spectacular developments such as heroin and chloral hydrate (the active ingredient of a Mickey Finn).

The first episode was an fascinating mix of science, history, and self experimentation, as producer, Michael Mosley demonstrated the effects of drugs including nitrous oxide and sodium pentothal (definitely don’t try this at home).

I look forward to watch the next few episodes.


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