Dying a Good Death: What We Need from Drugs That Are Meant to End Life
October 23, 2017
(The Conversation) – When it comes to the question of which medicines can, or even are meant to, kill us, the most important thing to remember is the old adage: The dose makes the poison. This concept is one on which the whole discipline of toxicology and medicines is founded. This is the meaning of the well-known symbol of the snake, wound around the bowl of Hygeia (the Greek goddess of health), representing medicine, which you see in pharmacies and medical centres around the world. The intertwining of poison and health care is a longstanding concept in the therapeutic use of medicines.