Herbal Medicines Today and the Roots of Modern Pharmacology

  title={Herbal Medicines Today and the Roots of Modern Pharmacology},
  author={Peter Goldman},
  journal={Annals of Internal Medicine},
  • P. Goldman
  • Published 16 October 2001
  • Biology
  • Annals of Internal Medicine
The desire to take medicines is one feature which distinguishes man, the animal, from his fellow creatures (1). Thus did William Osler express skepticism about remedies available in the early 20th century and an avuncular indulgence toward patients who wanted them. His comment expresses the attitude of many physicians today toward consumers of herbal medicines, and indeed may be timeless: Medicinal herbs were found in the personal effects of an ice man, whose body was frozen in the Swiss Alps… 
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