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January 17, 1966

The Evolution of Pharmacy in Britain

JAMA. 1966;195(3):232. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03100030126051

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The history of pharmacy has not received nearly the attention it deserves. Relatively few scholars concern themselves with this topic, and much of the extant literature is not readily available. Historians will be grateful, therefore, for this new publication, which represents the proceedings of the Fourth British Congress on the History of Medicine and Pharmacy, held in September 1963.

The title, perhaps, is not quite precise, for the book contains a series of studies rather disconnected one from the other. Even in the aggregate, the contributions do not provide a unified picture of an evolutionary trend. The individual papers present a quite varied fare, some parts far more nutritious and substantial than others.

The 18th and 19th centuries are considered in greatest detail, while earlier periods receive variable amounts of attention. The subjects covered include a discussion of pharmacy schools, relationships of pharmacy and hospitals, the actual production of drugs

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