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Murder, Magic and Medicine: 2: The Doctrine of Signatures

on BBC Radio 4 FM

Dr Michael O'Donnell continues his exploration of the herbal and historical roots of modern drugs and medicine.

For centuries, apothecaries determined what medicinal effect a plant might have by what part of the human body it resembled. Eighty per cent of the world's population still relies on folk remedies, and most of the pills and potions produced by pharmaceutical companies have natural origins.
Perhaps herbalism has more to teach us than we thought?

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Presenter:
Dr Michael O'Donnell
Producer:
Jeremy Grange

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