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Episode 1

Victorian Pharmacy, Series 1 Episode 1 of 4

In a unique experiment, historian Ruth Goodman, Professor Nick Barber and PhD student Tom Quick are recreating an authentic 19th-century pharmacy. The team discover the world of the pharmacy at the beginning of Queen Victoria's reign in 1837; a world where traditional remedies, such as leeches, oil of earthworm and potions laced with cannabis and opium, held sway. After sampling some of the old ways, the team venture into new discoveries, such as the Malvern water cure, the bronchial kettle for curing coughs, and the invention of Indian tonic water.

1 hour

Last on

Fri 17 Sep 2010 00:25
BBC One Northern Ireland

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Executive ProducerDavid Upshal
PresenterRuth Goodman

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