In this episode we uncover the history of pharmacology and therapeutics. From Ancient Greek medicine, including humoural theory, to some of the more unusual medicines prescribed by doctors – including sponge biscuits, chocolate and wine.

We also talk to Dr Mike Sweeney about what it is like to work in pharmaceutical medicine today.

And we finish with a case study – this time of a medicine, rather than of a person – ‘Reanimating Solar Tincture’ – invented by a man called Ebeneezer Sibly.