In Service to American Pharmacy: The Professional Life of William Procter, Jr.

In Service to American Pharmacy: The Professional Life of William Procter, Jr.

Author: Gregory J. Higby
Publisher: University of Alabama Press
Year Published: 1992
Pages: 269
ISBN: 0-8173-0591-2
AIHP#: BKS40 (cloth only)
Price: $15.00 ($9.00 for members)

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Preface: The present position of pharmacist in the structure of health care in the United States evolved during the middle half of the nineteenth century, roughly from the founding of the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy in 1821 to the passage of meaningful pharmaceutical legislation in the 1870s. During that period a small group of men connected with the drug trade championed the concept of a practitioner who raison d’être was the preparation of medicines. This book describes and evaluates the progress of that movement through the contributions of William Procter, Jr., (1817-1874), its predominant figure.

Table of Contents:

1: Introduction

16: Chapter 1 – A Glimpse at Procter’s Character

35: Chapter 2 – William Procter as Practicing Pharmacist

55: Chapter 3 – Pharmaceutical Scientist and Technologist

79: Chapter 4 – The Pursuit of Drug Quality

100: Chapter 5 – Editor of the American Journal of Pharmacy

124: Chapter 6 – Pioneering Pharmaceutical Educator

151: Chapter 7 – Procter and Pharmaceutical Organizations

174: Chapter 8 – Concluding Remarks


183: A – Procter’s Paris Speech

189: B – Examples of Procter’s Writing Style

192: C – Example of Procter’s Work in Drug Assay

195: D – Example of Procter’s Pharmaceutical Art

199: Notes

235: Bibliography

265: Index

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