Thursday, January 04, 2007

New Drugs from OLD Books

This is just so cool. The Arizona Daily Star has an article about a grad student reading about an herbal remedy for diarrhea in a 17th century book, testing it, and finding that it does in fact work. They are hoping someone will develop it into a drug.

I wonder how many other great herbal remedies (and possible future medications) are buried in historical texts.

[Found in American Libraries Direct newsletter, 1-3-07]

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