I’m going to be honest here, it’s 1:30 on Friday, I’m phoning this one in. Probably not my best work but hey, might be worth a read if you’re bored. Father’s Day is coming up. With that in mind let’s take a look at some of the fathers of pharmacy. King James 1 King James […]
I’m going to be honest here, it’s 1:30 on Friday, I’m phoning this one in. Probably not my best work but hey, might be worth a read if you’re bored. Father’s Day is coming up. With that in mind let’s take a look at some of the fathers of pharmacy.
King James 1
King James established the first organization of pharmacy, the pharmacist guild in England. Originally, pharmacies were known as apothecaries, and had a major role in health care. They prepared and mixed the medicines, while offering medical knowledge and helping people find herbal cures to the things that ailed them.
James was the founder of the colony of Georgia, and organized the first attempt in America to explore the new world specifically for new medicines and attempt to bring some of the healing plants back to England. He explored the southern coast down to Florida and even the Caribbean.
Gysbert van Imbroch
Gysbert ran what is believed to be the first pharmacy in America. He ran a drugstore in New Netherland (now Kingston, New York) that sold medicine to the original colonists of our country.
Parrish was a pharmacist in Pennsylvania in the 1800’s. He found that doctors were leaving school with no practical knowledge of pharmacy, and in towns that were far away from any apothecaries. So he set up a school of practical pharmacy to help train doctors headed out into the frontier, and eventually helped found Swarthmore College. He was also present at the first meeting of the America Pharmaceutical Association, and severed as President in 1968.
O’Reilly was the second Spanish governor of colonial Louisiana. In 1770 he split health care into separate disciplines, and recognized pharmacy as it on separate field. Adding this designation set up a pipeline of licensed druggist coming to America to help support the general stores and apothecaries that were common in our founding days.
Boom. Five dads of modern pharmacy. Now, off to the booth to start working on our first podcast. Yes people, this is happening. If the gold you’ve come to expect from this blog wasn’t enough, we have a podcast coming soon.