A (very) brief history of therapeutics

Historically, new medications have been discovered serendipitously; for example ‘milk of the poppy’ or opium, has been actively collected since prehistoric times and was described as far back as 1500 BC as a way to “stop a child crying”. Slightly more recently, manuscripts of Pseudo-Apuleius’s 5th century work from the 10th and 11th centuries refer…