What doesn't kill you can make you stronger
From a simple aspirin tablet to specially grown antibiotics, we’ve used science to combat aches, pains and bellyaches. It’s a story of revelation and genius, and a story that ultimately has transformed - and saved - the lives of millions of people across the planet.
Episode One: Pain
Pain is all in the brain. When we break a leg or pull a muscle, millions of nerve cells in our brains fire to release chemicals telling us ‘it hurts’. To fight the pain, our brains release their own natural painkillers. The problem is, these homemade medicines aren’t enough.
Herbs, willow bark and poppies were used by our ancestors for their painkilling powers. The scientific revolution really began with... More »