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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 …

Surviving the opposition of the establishment, by Ralph Tapping Eighteenth century German physician Samuel Hahnemann ( 1755-1843 ) first coined the word “homeopathy” ( “homeos” in Greek means “similar” and …

As part of our ongoing series on women in pharmacy, we thought we’d step back in time to look at some key dates highlighting women’s role in shaping the profession  …

The University of Melbourne hides a treasure house of pharmacy history Tucked away close to the Royal Melbourne Hospital in Royal Parade lies the Brownless Biomedical Library, University of Melbourne, …

A lot has changed in the world since the AJP first landed in people’s mailboxes back in 1886… Now – following the demise of The Bulletin – the oldest continuously …

From the AJP archives: a warning on shonky Parramatta lime juice makers! In February 1898 the AJP editorial thundered that “the public has a right to demand that an article …

A trip down memory lane from the archives of the AJP: Australia’s oldest continuously published magazine From our archives, in September 1971 Guild national president Sir Eric Scott announces he …

AJP is celebrating a special birthday Australia’s oldest journal of record – the Australian Journal of Pharmacy – is turning 130 this year. The first edition of the then Australasian …