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AIHP is pleased to announce that its host institution, the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy (UWSoP), has been awarded a $326,000 grant designed to significantly increase the public’s ability to discover, use, and access the Institute’s important historical collections. The three-year grant was awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
AIHP’s Historical Director, Lucas Richert, PhD, led the successful effort to secure the grant, with support from UWSoP and AIHP staff. Dr. Richert is an Associate Professor at the UWSoP where he holds the George Urdang Chair in the History of Pharmacy. He will serve as the grant’s Principal Investigator and Project Director.
Dr. Richert hailed news of receipt of the grant, stating: “This is good news. A lot of time and effort was invested in developing this grant and I am very thankful that the NEH has provided the funding.” He added, “this is an important moment for the field of pharmacy history and AIHP, and I am delighted to help improve access to the AIHP and UWSoP collections.”Read More
AIHP members are encouraged to attend the 45th International Congress for the History of Pharmacy, which is being held in Milan, Italy, on September 7-10, 2022. The International Congress is the biennial meeting of the International Society of the History of Pharmacy, of which AIHP is a member. This year’s meeting is being hosted by the Italian Academy of Pharmacy History.
The theme of the Congress is “Health, Beauty and Well-Being in the History of Pharmacy.” Full information about the event is available on its website. The 45th International Congress was originally scheduled for September 2021, but was rescheduled due to the COVID pandemic.
An important part of each Congress is the presentation of papers reflecting the ongoing research of historians and others interested in the history of pharmacy. Persons interested in a presenting paper should submit a brief abstract before the May 30 deadline. Further information about abstract and submission requirements are available at this link.
The preliminary program for the Congress also includes four plenary lectures, one of which will be delivered by AIHP Historical Director Lucas Richert, PhD. Dr. Richert is an Associate Professor and George Urdang Chair in the History of Pharmacy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy.Read More
Imagine being an AIHP member since Lyndon Johnson or Richard Nixon was president. Imagine becoming an Institute member when the Vietnam War was raging or when the federal Medicare program was first created. For some of us, these things occurred before we were born, and long before we ever considered becoming a member and supporter of AIHP. Yet, for 20 of AIHP’s current members, these events were occurring in real time at the time they first became a member of this organization. And they have remained active members ever since.
AIHP is saluting these loyal and longstanding members! Institute President John D. Grabenstein this week sent a letter to individuals who have been AIHP members for 50 or more years to thank them for their half-century of loyal support for the Institute and it mission. In his letter to the honorees, President Grabenstein stated that “your half-century or more of membership testifies to your deep commitment to AIHP’s mission of advancing knowledge and understanding of the history of pharmacy and medicines.’ He observed that “both AIHP and the field of pharmacy history have greatly benefited from your commitment to that mission.”
Here are the names of the honorees and the year they became an AIHP member:Read More
AIHP recently added the James Harvey Young Drug Advertising Collection to the AIHP Digital Library. These ads are a valuable complement to the Mickey Smith Drug Advertising Collection that we posted to the Digital Library earlier this year. Together these two collections comprise around 250 separate ads.
The James Harvey Young collection consists mostly of direct mail ads that a practicing physician in Atlanta, Georgia, received from pharmaceutical companies throughout the 1950s. The ads cover a wide range of medical conditions and popular medicines prescribed at the time to treat these health problems.
Young was the Charles Howard Candler Professor of American Social History at Emory University in Atlanta. He taught there from 1941 to 1984. He is widely recognized for his research into patent medicines and quackery, and published two books on the subject: The Toadstool Millionaires: A Social History of Patent Medicines in America before Federal Regulation (Princeton University Press, 1961), and The Medical Messiahs: A Social History of Health Quackery in 20th Century America (Princeton University Press, 1975). He also made significant contributions to the history of food and drug regulation in the United States. In 1977 he was assigned to the FDA for several years to conduct research and publish his findings on the history of food and drug regulation in this country.Read More
The Institute is pleased to announce that a $2,000 AIHP PhD Research Support Grant has been awarded to Taylor Dysart, a doctoral candidate in the Department of History and Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania.
The grant will support Ms. Dysart’s research for her dissertation, currently titled “The Scientist and the Jaguar: Enchanting Plants and the Politics of Knowledge in the Northwestern Amazon, 1849-2000.”
The AIHP PhD Research Support Grant Program is designed to provide financial support for doctoral students pursuing academic research related to the broadly defined history of pharmacy and pharmaceuticals. The Program offers grants up to $2,000 to cover research expenses not normally covered by the student’s university. Recipients of the grant must provide a report to AIHP on the research within one year after receiving the grant money. Grant recipients must also agree to submit a paper based on their thesis project or dissertation for consideration for publication in AIHP’s journal, History of Pharmacy and Pharmaceuticals, within two years of receiving the grant.Read More
Each year AIHP awards Certificates of Commendation to recognize individuals or organizations whose work or actions have contributed to or promoted the history of pharmacy and pharmaceuticals. The Institute is now accepting nominations for the 2022 Certificates of Commendation. Nominations will be accepted through August 1, 2022. The nomination form is available on AIHP’s website.
AIHP awards Certificates of Commendation to recognize activities or historical endeavors by individuals or organizations that (i) advance knowledge or understanding of the history of pharmacy and pharmaceuticals; or (ii) utilize the history of pharmacy and pharmaceuticals to entertain, inform, or educate or to address or advance understanding of contemporary issues.
Certificates of Commendation are not intended to recognize individuals for academic achievements or for peer-reviewed publications.
Completed nominations forms should be emailed to AIHP at email@example.com or mailed to the Institute’s office. AIHP expects to announce the 2022 recipients of Certificates of Commendation is early September.Read More
The 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.Read More
Access the Pharmacy in History JSTOR Archive
All past issues of Pharmacy in History have been digitized and are text-searchable at JSTOR.
Note: Academic libraries seeking subscriptions to History of Pharmacy and Pharmaceuticals should directly contact the University of Wisconsin Press.Read More
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):
15-17 June 2022: Bi-Annual Conference of the Alcohol and Drugs Society, Mexico City, Mexico (Postponed from 2021).
21-28 August 2022: 23rd International Congress of Historical Sciences, Poznan, Poland, Europe (Postponed from 2020 and 2021).
7-10 September 2022: 45th International Congress for the History of Pharmacy, Milan, Italy.
18-22 September 2022: 80th FIP (International Pharmaceutical Federation) World Congress, Seville, Spain. (Postponed from 2020 and 2021).
15-18 October 2022: American College of Clinical Pharmacy Global Conference on Clinical Pharmacy, San Francisco, California.