If you’ve been perusing ScienceBlogs.com over the last week or two, you’ll note that some bloggers are trying to make their sites even more accessible to the casual reader by introducing a description of basic concepts within their respective fields.
I used to teach a 60-90 min lecture to the public in one of the “Mini-Med School” public education programs that have sprung up at medical schools around the world, condensing key concepts in pharmacology and drug action into bite-sized morsels.
What is a drug?
Where do drugs come from?
Why does a drug work for some people and not others?
Why do FDA-approved drugs still cause unexpected side effects, including rare deaths?
Why are herbal medicines regulated differently than prescription drugs?
What are the criteria for a prescription drug to transition to non-prescription (over-the-counter or OTC) in the US?
I’d be happy to write on these topics over the next few weeks but my questions for you, o devoted readers, are whether I am aiming too high or whether there are other questions you have that would help you better understand more detailed posts I put up here.
One of my stated goals for Terra Sig is to improve public understanding of pharmaceuticals and dietary supplements, so what topics can I address to help you?