In March 2015, Dr. Quave presented: "Deadly Cures: Medical Discoveries from Poisonous Plants" as a ticketed public lecture at Fernbank Museum in Atlanta, GA as part of their special exhibit "The Power of Poison". In this talk, she discussed the reasons why plants produce poisonous compounds and the myriad ways that humans have used these chemicals for both health and harm.
Plants produce a fascinating mixture of biologically active compounds for the purposes of defense against threats in their environment. Over time, mankind has discovered ingenious ways to transform and make use of plant poisons ranging from applications in agriculture, fishing, hunting, and traditional medicine. Oftentimes, the distinction between poison and medicine comes down to two simple points: dose and intent. In this lecture, Dr. Quave will discuss how the scientific study of poisonous plants has led to the discovery of some of the leading pharmaceutical drugs in use today.
A full review of the talk is available here: http://www.destinationhealtheu.org/healthemory/an-overview-of-dr-cassandra-quaves-lecture-on-medicinal-and-poisonous-plants-at-fernbank