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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 …

Whatever happened to those fancy dispensary stock bottles that were so familiar sixty years ago, asks Ralph Tapping? The Whittal Tatum & Co jars and bottles, with their glass labels, …

Modern manscaped metrosexuals were not the first to males to use complex cosmetics. Ralph Tapping explores historic examples of male hair-care products  Bear’s grease was popular in England from the …

A trip down memory lane to look at how government, business and pharmacy itself helped sink the front-of-shop ‘chemist only’ product, by Ralph Tapping Younger pharmacists will have some difficulty …

A pharmacy closure brings to light a treasure of historic artefacts and facts, writes Ralph Tapping In 1956 when I started out on my career in pharmacy at a pharmacy …

Pharmacy was a more labor-intensive job than it is now, and to indicate membership of the Royal Society of Apothecaries a lavishly but symbolic tile was hung outside the pharmacy …