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Pain, Pus and Poison

The search for modern medicines.

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BBC Four on Tuesday
1st June 2021 at 11:55PM
Updated Friday 18th May 2018

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 one 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. Visit the BBC programme page for the full broadcast details.

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