Lecture, film screening

Nov 20, 7 pm

Traditional medication in biomedicine


Lecture by Armin Prinz, Professor für Ethnomedizin an der Medizinuniversität Wien.

Almost all the groups of medications that make up modern biomedicine have their origin in traditional cures. In the standard pharmaceitical reference works, however, this connection is only cited when it cannot be avoided, for example in the case of curare or quinine. Apparently, people are unconsciously afraid of appearing "unscientific" if they admit to obtaining their knowledge from herbal healers, medicine men or shamans.

This historical and ethnographic overview illustrates the routes by which important cures bacame part of biomedicine, including details on the professor's own ethnopharmacological findings. … >>