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First Issue of History of Pharmacy and Pharmaceuticals Now Available Online!

HoPP-63-1 coverAIHP is pleased to announce that the first issue of History of Pharmacy and Pharmaceuticals. vol. 63, no. 1 (2021), the Institute's renamed academic journal is now available online at JSTOR. AIHP members can use their JSTOR login credentials and password to access this issue. (AIHP members having difficult accessing the issue on JSTOR should contact AIHP at This journal issue is the first published under AIHP’s new publication partnership with the University of Wisconsin Press. Be sure to check your mailboxes, because the print version of the journal will be mailed to all members and subscribers within the next two weeks.

A subscription to History of Pharmacy and Pharmaceuticals is one of the benefits of AIHP membership, and a portion of member dues members covers subscriptions costs.

History of Pharmacy and Pharmaceuticals continues Pharmacy in History, the academic journal AIHP has published since 1959, but the design and layout of the journal has undergone a comprehensive “top-to-bottom” review under the direction of Editor-in-Chief Lucas Richert, PhD, and Managing Editor Gregory Bond, PhD. “The journal will have a fresh new look,” Dr. Bond stated, “but the same high-quality scholarship for which Pharmacy in History was known.”

Please click on the Read More button below to learn about the articles and other content in the inaugural issue of History of Pharmacy and Pharmaceuticals. 

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AIHP to Host "Contested Cannabis" Online Roundtable

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The American Institute of the History of Pharmacy is pleased to announce that it will host an online virtual roundtable discussion on the topic of “Contested Cannabis: A History of Marijuana in Wisconsin and the Wider World.” The Roundtable will be a free online streaming event on December 8, 2021, from 1:00–2:30 PM Central Time (2:00–3:30 Eastern Time). Registration is required at the link below.

The “Contested Cannabis” roundtable will be hosted by Dr. Lucas Richert, the George Urdang Chair in the History of Pharmacy at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and the AIHP Historical Director.

Speakers  will include Dr. Emily Dufton, the author of Grass Roots: The Rise and Fall and Rise of Marijuana in America (Basic Books, 2017); Dr. Natalie Schmitz, an Assistant Professor in the Pharmacy Practice Division of University of Wisconsin’s School of Pharmacy; and Gabriel Carter, a graduate student in the Department of English at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, studying the Rhetoric of Health & Medicine and Critical Drug Studies.

The "Contested Cannabis" roundtable is being held in conjunction with the recently launched online digital exhibit also called, "Contested Cannabis: A History of Marijuana in Wisconsin and the Wider World." The online exhibit, hosted on AIHP's digital library

Please click on the read more button below to learn more and to register for this free event. 


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HoPP Interview—Mat Savelli, “Crafting the Modern Via Psychoactivity Advertisements”

This post is from Points, the joint blog of AIHP and the Alcohol and Drugs History Society. Points publishes original reflections about the history of drugs, medicines, alcohol, pharmacy, and their allied fields.

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This is the first installment of the Points series of interviews with authors from the inaugural issue of AIHP’s journal History of Pharmacy and Pharmaceuticals (HoPP) (vol. 63, no. 1). Today we feature Mat Savelli. Read his article here (open access until February 2022!).

Article Abstract for “Crafting the Modern Via Psychoactivity Advertisements”

In this article, we examine advertisements for psychoactive products sold in five different geo-political jurisdictions: Canada, Colombia, Yugoslavia, India, and Senegal. We compare products and marketing campaigns aimed at selling psychoactive substances to consumers in these places over the twentieth century.

Please tell readers a little bit about yourself:

I trained as a historian of psychiatry at the University Oxford before returning to my undergraduate alma mater (McMaster University) to take up a joint position in two interdisciplinary departments (Health, Aging, and Society / Arts & Science). Although I still focus on history, being in these environments really convinced me that my skills as a historian (limited though they may be!) could be applied to some non-historical contexts as well.

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Annual Business Meeting Scheduled for Nov. 18

AIHP Logo for FacebookMark your calendars!  AIHP’s Annual Business Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, November 18, 2021, beginning at 1:00 pm Central/2:00 pm Eastern. This virtual meeting will be streamed live on the internet via Zoom. Use this link to access the meeting on the day of the event. 

This year’s meeting will feature a special presentation about the history of the desegregation of the University of North Carolina School of Pharmacy by Ben Urick, an Assistant Professor in the Center for Medical Optimization at the University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy, and Christian Asia Brown, a PharmD candidate at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. Professor Urick and Ms. Brown recently began the UNC Pharmacy Desegregation Oral History Project to collect and record the experiences of the first Black students at the UNC School of Pharmacy.

Professor Urick and Ms. Brown are AIHP members, and Dr. Urick also serves on the Editorial Board of the Institute’s journal, History of Pharmacy and Pharmaceuticals.

Please click the read more button below for more details about the agenda of the meeting.

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AIHP Establishes Strategic Priorities

AIHP Logo for FacebookAIHP’s Board of Directors has established four strategic priorities that will guide the Institute’s work over the next three years and has adopted a comprehensive action plan for implementing the selected priorities.

Undertaking an organizational review process to identify and select a set of strategic goals for the Institute has been one of the top priorities of AIHP President W. Clarke Ridgway, who explained: “the establishment of strategic priorities is critical if AIHP is to maximize resource utilization while providing consistently high-quality publications, programming and service."

The newly adopted AIHP strategic priorities call on the Institute to:

  • Increase the accessibility of AIHP’s historical collections;
  • Increase AIHP’s operating revenues by at least $50,000 annually;
  • Increase partnerships and collaborations with pharmacy, pharmaceutical, and historical organizations;
  • Integrate and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of AIHP’s programs and operations.

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Fischelis Award Presented to Metta Lou Henderson

Dennis Birke awards Metta Lou Henderson the AIHP Fischelis Award in 2021Executive Director Dennis Birke presented the AIHP Robert P. Fischelis Award to Metta Lou Henderson, PhD, on October 19 at a ceremony at the History of Pharmacy Museum at the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy in Tucson.

AIHP’s Board of Directors in June selected Dr. Henderson to receive the 2021 Fischelis Award, which is awarded annually for extraordinary contributions to the Institute and the field of the history of pharmacy and pharmaceuticals. The Board cited her pioneering work researching the history of women in pharmacy, her donation to the Institute of a treasure trove of research materials that comprise the “Metta Lou Henderson Women in Pharmacy Collection,” and her contribution of funds that established the Women in Pharmacy Fund.

In his remarks at the event, Mr. Birke stated that “it’s hard to think of someone more deserving of the Fischelis Award than Metta Lou Henderson.” 

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AIHP Wants to Document Your COVID-19 Stories and Experiences

AIHP COVID-19 ProjectThe American Institute of the History of Pharmacy is documenting and preserving pharmacy stories and experiences during the COVID-19 global pandemic for the benefit of future historians and scholars. We seek to record the effects of this public health emergency on all types of pharmacy experiences. We invite you to share your pharmacy stories, photos, videos, artifacts, and other documentation of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

You can participate in the AIHP COVID-19 Pandemic Pharmacy Historical Documentation Project either (1) by immediately sharing your thoughts/experiences and/or submitting digital materials or (2) by signifying your to intention to submit materials in the future. Please comply with all applicable local or state stay-at-home orders while self-documenting.

Please click the link below to learn more about participating in the AIHP COVID-19 Pandemic Pharmacy Historical Documentation Project.

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  • Individual Subscription For $80/year ($100/foreign)

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  • Pharmacy Education Fund (Schools or College of Pharmacy) For $330/year

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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Calendar of Events

Upcoming events of interest to historians of pharmacy, pharmaceuticals, medicines, science, and related fields. (Event information current when posted. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, please double-check the status of all events): 

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