How rivalries between doctors and pharmacists turned into the ‘turf war’ we see today

old apothecary jars and paraphernalia
Apothecaries of the 17th and 18th centuries diagnosed illness, mixed up medicine and dispensed it, a far cry from the current turf war between doctors and pharmacists. Cam Miller/Flickr, CC BY-NC
Philippa Martyr, University of Western Australia, looks at the history of tension between pharmacists and GPs Would you like to go to your local pharmacy and buy prescription medicines without seeing the doctor first? Or would you like to collect your prescription medicines at the local supermarket? These are some of the options canvassed now

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