Teaching the History of Pharmacy

Resources for Teaching History
in Pharmacy Education

The American Institute of the History of Pharmacy is committed to fostering the teaching of the history of pharmacy in schools and colleges of pharmacy in the United States. We provide grants to help schools purchase needed resource and reference materials. Several Institute publications have become staples in history of pharmacy courses, and we are pleased to provide the following resources for teaching the history of pharmacy.

Meeting ACPE History Guidelines:

Explore the full AIHP Guidelines on Teaching History in Pharmacy Education to meet “Standards 2016” of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. The AIHP Guidelines were developed by the Historical Studies Committee of the AIHP and approved by the AIHP Board of Directors, February 2017.

Download a .pdf of the AIHP Guidelines

A selection of presentations to assist in teaching history in pharmacy education:

Teaching the History of Pharmacy Today (Madison: AIHP, 1999)

The papers in this compilation were presented at the symposium, “Teaching the History of Pharmacy Today: An Exploratory Session” [pdf] sponsored by the American Institute of the History of Pharmacy during the 144th Annual Meeting of the American Pharmaceutical Association, Los Angeles, California, March 11, 1997. The symposium was organized by AIHP Director Greg Higby.

“The history of pharmacy offers instructors a special approach to exploring the broad scope of the pharmaceutical field. It was my special pleasure to organize the symposium in Los Angeles and hear these fine presentations. There is much here that can benefit any pharmacy instructor and we hope that this booklet will inspire others to reach our students through history.”

-Gregory J. Higby, Ph.D. from the Introduction to Teaching the History of Pharmacy Today

Teaching the History & Social Aspects of Pharmacy Newsletters (New Series, Nos. 1-10)

From 2001-2007, AIHP published a newsletter about teaching the history and social aspects of pharmacy. The newsletter was delivered electronically and contained short articles about topics of interest, as well as tips for incorporating historical and other humanistic material into pharmacy education.

No. 1 (Fall 2001)
No. 2 (Spring 2002)
No. 3 (Fall 2002)
No. 4 (Spring 2003)
No. 5 (Fall 2003)
No. 6 (Spring 2004
No. 7 (Fall 2004)
No. 8 (Spring 2005)
No. 9 (Fall 2005)
No. 10 (Fall 2007)

Excerpts from AIHP Publications

Ethical Responsibility in Pharmacy Practice (Second edition, AIHP, 2002), by Robert A. Buerki and Louis D. Vottero (Table of Contents, Introduction, and Chapter 1, “Professional Values in Pharmacy Practice)

Foundations of Ethical Pharmacy Practice (AIHP, 2008), by Robert A. Buerki and Louis D. Vottero (Table of Contents and Chapter 2, “Foundations of Ethical Decision Making”)

American Pharmacy (1852-2002): A Collection of Historical Essays (AIHP, 2005), Gregory J. Higby and Elaine C. Stroud, editors (Preface and Introduction)

Fostering the creation, preservation, and dissemination of knowledge concerning the history of the pharmaceutical field.

AIHP Thanks the Charter Members of the National Pharmacy Association Sponsorship program

  • Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy, Patron

  • American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Patron

  • American College of Clinical Pharmacy, Donor

  • American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, Contributor

  • American Pharmacists Association, Contributor

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Join AIHP and Subscribe to Pharmacy in History

Individual Subscription
For $65/year ($75/foreign)

Institutional/Corporate subscription
For $130/year ($140/foreign)

Pharmacy Education Fund (Schools or College of Pharmacy)
For $275/year

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Access the Pharmacy in History JSTOR Archive

All past issues of Pharmacy in History have been digitized and are text-searchable at JSTOR.

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Sawyer Wins 2016 Sonnedecker Prize

AIHP is pleased to announce that Laura Phillips Sawyer, assistant Professor at Harvard Business School, has been selected to receive the 2016 Glenn Sonnedecker Prize for her article, “California Fair Trade: Antitrust and the Politics of ‘Fairness’ in U.S. Competition Policy.”

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