The Nature Of Medicine


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Human beings aren't the only species to use medicine: we now know that a huge variety of animals, from chimpanzees to caterpillars, can treat illness and injury using an armoury of different plants. What started in the realms of folklore and anecdotal evidence is now a rapidly expanding field of scientific research and, in the first of two programmes, Dr. Gillian Rice examines the evidence for animal self-medication.


Gillian Rice investigates the theory that humans are not the only species to use medicine. Many animals can utilise simple herbal remedies to treat illness and injury.