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Pharmacy History


Pharmacy’s problems escaped the “average housewife and the ‘man in the street’” back in 1969, although the public doubted “they would earn as much as a bricklayer” A four city …

Plague and pandemics have been with us for as long as humans have been on the earth. Ralph Tapping looks at some historic examples and how the current pandemic fits …

Ralph Tapping takes a look at more of the questionable treatments offered in pharmacies in days gone by, including a rather toxic snake bite remedy Following upon my previous article …

Pharmacy historian Ralph Tapping has been looking into some of the questionable treatments sold in pharmacy in the recent past  Laudanum and other preparations containing tincture of opium, for example …

A look back at some of the ‘health misadventures’ common in the earlier years of the 20th century, by Ralph Tapping  Health follies’ of the last century might otherwise be …

A look at even more pharmacists who have excelled in sports, as well as the dispensary AJP recently published a feature looking at nine pharmacists who have gone on to achieve …

We take a look at some pharmacists who have made a name for themselves on the sporting field Jane Crafter Golf champion Jane Crafter was a pharmacist for three years …

Four of the most lethal infectious diseases of our time and how we’re overcoming them Spanish flu killed more people than the Great War that preceded it. And tuberculosis even …

For around sixty years “Wawn’s Wonder Wool” was a familiar over-the-counter item in pharmacies throughout Australia, says Ralph Tapping   Victor A. Wawn was one of the younger generation of …

Ralph Tapping looks back at the long and detailed history of ceramic pots in pharmacy   These days creams, ointments, gels and many foodstuffs are presented in glass screw-capped jars with …

One hundred years ago preparations to soothe and medicate the skin were regularly prescribed and compounded, including ointments, creams, plasters and poultices Preparing a plaster involved spreading a pliable base …

A very strange product ad emerges from the past. It could only come from the home of the brave, writes Ralph Tapping With all the political turmoil going on in …