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April 16, 1927

Four Thousand Years of Pharmacy: An Outline History of Pharmacy and the Allied Sciences.

JAMA. 1927;88(16):1292. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02680420082037

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As Dr. LaWall points out in the preface to his book, other volumes on the history of pharmacy are pitifully few, especially in English. The present book is based on the course of lectures each year in the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science. Beginning with ancient pharmacy and its earliest sideline, medicine, Dr. LaWall traces the growth of this subject through the Greek, Alexandrian and Roman periods, through the accumulation of data by the ancient Arabians and the origin of universities in the middle ages. He shows how pharmacy, like medicine, languished while men gave more attention to the soul than to the body, and he opens the new epoch in science with a chapter entitled "The Glorious Sixteenth Century in Pharmacy." From the sixteenth century onward, pharmacy progressed coincidently with other basic sciences. Those readers whose interest is not primarily historical will find much of immediate, practical value

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