Next Wednesday evening, the 21st of January at 7 pm, I will be giving a public talk in Christchurch on the “Evolution of Medicines – from Farmer to Pharma”. This will be the first lecture in 2015 for our local Skeptics in the Pub group.
The history and evolution of medicines has always fascinated me. The medicines we use today are the product of centuries of human endeavour to understand and treat disease, and have resulted in significant improvements in both life expectancy and quality of life.
In my talk I will look at how, across time, our understanding of disease and how to treat it with medicines has evolved significantly, from early belief in disease causing demons and bad air, to the four humors, to the science based medicines of the 20th and 21st centuries. I will also look at how some of the erroneous and discarded beliefs about the causes of disease, rather than dying out, are still used to support various “alternative medicine” beliefs.
For anyone local who is interested in coming along I have created an Eventbrite site here which contains all of the details.