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February 5, 1898

The Apothecary.

JAMA. 1898;XXX(6):329-330. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02440580045006

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Chicago, Jan. 15, 1898.

To the Editor:  —Several of my medical friends have called my attention to an article in your issue dated Dec. 15, 1897, under the heading "Is the Apothecary Shop Doomed?" Whoever wrote said article seemed to be under the impression that such is the case, but being an apothecary shop-keeper myself, I beg to differ with the gentleman. Facts will not bear him out and I hope to be able to explain that the apothecary is still alive and as long as there are physicians there will and must be pharmacists.Twenty-five years ago, when I entered the pharmaceutic field, matters were widely differently from what they are today. The average druggist, as we called them then, had no education, merely a training. The boy started in some drug store by washing bottles, scrubbing the floor and other manual work. Gradually he worked his way behind

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