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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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Greg Higby Elected APhA Honorary President

Greg Higby TeachingThe American Institute of the History of Pharmacy congratulates Greg Higby on his recent election as the American Pharmacists Association's Honorary President for 2021–22! Higby, the former AIHP Executive Director (1987-2018), is currently the Institute's Fischelis Scholar. APhA confers the title of Honorary President "upon a member who has made significant contributions to the association." Higby will be installed as APhA Honorary President at the 168th APhA Annual meeting in Los Angeles, California. Read the full APhA election results.

An internationally-recognized expert about the History of Pharmacy, Higby has authored and edited 11 books and written more than 60 articles, essays, and pamphlets on various aspects of the history of American pharmacy practice, education, and similar topics. In addition to serving as AIHP's Executive Director for 31 years, Higby was also the Editor-in-Chief of Pharmacy in History from 1988-2018, during which time he oversaw the publication of 111 issues of AIHP's academic journal. As the Institute's Fischelis Scholar, he helps to curate and organize AIHP's historical collections.

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From the Collections

Pharmacists as Immunizers

Sabin VaccineFrom the Collections is a recurring feature at aihp.org that highlights articles, artifacts, images, and other items of interest from AIHP publications and collections.

Today's item is the article, "Pharmacists and Immunization: Increasing Involvement over a Century," by Dr. John D. Grabenstein from the vol. 41, no. 4 (1999) issue of Pharmacy in History (available at JSTOR). This article will be open access and available to all readers (at the link above) via JSTOR until June 30th.

As the world eagerly awaits an effective immunization against COVID-19, it seems reasonable to expect that pharmacists will have a major role in administering the vaccine.

Although pharmacists have long been involved with immunization and it is commonplace today for pharmacists to give vaccinations, the modern era of pharmacists as vaccinators dates back only to 1982.

How did this professional role for pharmacists develop over the twentieth century? Read about in Dr. Grabenstein's article at the link above.

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2020 Summer Kreminar #1 - Lina Britto, Marijuana Boom

05/28/2020 12:00-1:30 Central Time

AIHP Logo for FacebookThe American Institute of the History of Pharmacy and the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Pharmacy are pleased to announce the inaugural Edward Kremers Seminar in the History of Pharmacy & Drugs. The 2020 Summer “Kreminar” will explore the theme of Cannabis, and the first presentation will be by Dr. Lina Britto speaking about her recent book, Marijuana Boom: The Rise and Fall of Colombia's First Drug Paradise.

Lina Britto teaches Latin American and Caribbean History at Northwestern University. Her work has been published in the Hispanic American Historical Review, Social History of Alcohol and Drugs, NACLA, and El Espectador (Colombia)

Click the "Read More" link below for more information about Dr. Britto's presentation and for a registration link. 

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AIHP & UW School of Pharmacy Receive Library Grant

A portion of the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Pharmacy/AIHP Pharmaceutical Trade Catalog Collection in the Kremers Reference FilesThe American Institute of the History of Pharmacy and the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Pharmacy recently received a Library Collections Enhancement Initiative Grant to fund the project, "Before Big Pharma: Enhancing the UW-Madison School of Pharmacy/AIHP Pharmaceutical Trade Catalog Collection."

Sponsored by the UW–Madison Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education, the grant program is intended to "strengthen campus research capacities" and "to address critical and emerging collection needs." AIHP will use the grant money to purchase pharmaceutical trade catalogs that fill gaps in the current collection.

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Three Appointed to Pharmacy in History Editorial Board

Pharmacy in History LogoEditor-in-Chief of Pharmacy in History and AIHP Historical Director Lucas Richert has announced the appointment of three distinguished scholars to the journal’s Editorial Board. The appointees—David Courtwright, Paula DeVos, and Ben Urick—join the eight historians previously appointed to the Editorial Board at the time of its formation in 2019.

David Courtwright is Presidential Professor Emeritus at University of North Florida. He writes about drug use and policy in US and world history.

Paula DeVos is Professor of History at San Diego State University. Her scholarly work focuses on the long history of Galenic pharmacy from the ancient Mediterranean to colonial Spanish America.

Ben Urick is an Assistant Professor at the Center for Medication Optimization in the Division of Practice Advancement and Clinical Education at the University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy.

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

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

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