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The 16th Frederic Alden Warren Lecture - Modern Medicine from Medieval Manuscript

Start Date and Time:

Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 7:30PM

End Date and Time:

Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 8:30PM


Prof. Nicholas Everett (Department Of History; Trinity Fellow)

Ancient and Medieval drugs are often dismissed by modern science as having been little more than placebos when they were not downright dangerous. Yet many of the most commonly used drugs today were handed down to us from the Middle Ages, and recent scientific research on medicinal plants suggests we should continue to listen to past traditions for insight and inspiration.

Prof. Nicholas Everett, Fellow of Trinity, will briefly discuss some examples of drug recipes as recorded in medieval manuscripts and suggest new ways to consider forgotten pharmaceuticals in light of recent advances in both science and humanities research. Drug discovery is just one example of how medical research has become more interested in history than ever before.

Lecture is open to the public, but you must RSVP.


  • John W. Graham Library - Trinity College in the University of Toronto

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