AIHP Publications

Since its founding in 1941, the American Institute of the History of Pharmacy has had an active publishing program focused on the history of pharmacy and on pharmacy ethics. AIHP also distributes a small number of books by other publishers. In addition to books, AIHP has also produced a number of slide talks on topics related to the history of pharmacy that are available for purchase.  Slide talks are now only available in digital format as Powerpoint presentations with .pdf scripts.

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AIHP Annual Pharmaco-Historical Calendar

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            American Institute of the History of Pharmacy
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            Madison, WI 53705-2222

Prices in parentheses are member prices. Individual orders accompanied by a membership application and $70.00 ($90.00 for foreign membership) dues are eligible for member prices; institutions and bookstores must contact the AIHP for pricing. All proceeds from sales are used to support further publishing and nonprofit activities on behalf of pharmacy. Be sure to include your name, address, and phone number along with your check. AIHP also accepts Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express.

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AIHP Best Sellers

Foundations of Ethical Pharmacy

Pharmacy educators agree that teaching ethics presents special challenges. This AIHP publication: Foundations of Ethical Pharmacy Practice, by Robert A. Buerki and Louis D. Vottero, draws on their more lengthy publication (Ethical Responsibility in Pharmacy Practice) to cover the subject area when a dedicated course is not available. Jurisprudence classes or clerkships would find this new publication a good fit.  Publication supported in part by the AIHP Pharmacy Education Fund.

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BKS24 $20.00 ($12.00 for members)

Ethical Responsibility in Pharmacy Practice  by Robert Buerki and Louis D. Vottero. Review of the first edition: “The extensive use of current pharmacy practice examples throughout Ethical Responsibility in Pharmacy Practice results in a highly accessible presentation of ethical theory which is immediately applicable by both beginning and advanced students…. The layout of Ethical Responsibility could serve as a model syllabus for a course in pharmacy ethics.” —American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education

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New Material Added to the second edition of this comprehensive 272-page textbook:

– Case studies with full commentaries
– Glossary of pertinent terms
– Current issues of ethical concern

BKS18 $30.00 ($18.00 for members)

Drugstore Memories edited by Glenn Sonnedecker, David L. Cowen, and Gregory J. Higby BKS14 $15.00 ($9.00 for members) Praise for Drugstore Memories: “This book is a view from the ground of health care in the United States in the period between 1824 and 1933. The text consists entirely of ‘unpolished and unexpurgated’ quotations from 59 practicing pharmacists…. This book should interest both the specialist and the non-specialist. Within the limitations of a multi-authored work written from ‘the ground,’ it offers a good and often charming view of pharmacy (with a glimpse of medicine and sociology) as it was practiced in the 19th and early 20th centuries, before the profound changes that occurred after the Second World War.” –New England Journal of Medicine

Kremers and Urdang’s History of Pharmacy by Glenn Sonnedecker BKS46 [print-on-demand edition] $36.00 ($21.60 for members) “This classical text on the history of pharmacy… has retained its position of preeminence through the passing of the years. The fourth edition, revised by Dr. Sonnedecker, has continued the quality of excellence and accuracy that has characterized earlier editions of the volume. The profession of pharmacy should be rightfully proud of its good heritage so well delineated in this volume. The treatise is a challenge for the future of the profession and should be read by everybody associated with drugs in the treatment of disease.” —Bulletin of the History of Medicine
“This book is a ‘must’ not only for pharmacy students, faculty, and libraries but for all in the profession. A deeper appreciation for and pride in pharmacy will be the profit for reading time thus invested.” —Amer. Journal of Pharmaceutical Education.

History of Drug Containers and Their Labels by George Griffenhagen and Mary Bogard BKS35 $19.95 ($11.95 for members) “There are several excellent books that describe the development of the drug container in individual countries, but few review the worldwide development from origin to the present. As for drug labels, there are only two books that have been published dealing exclusively with the development of the drug label; one was published in Germany in 1982, and the other was published in Holland in 1984, Since a comprehensive study of drug container should also take into consideration the label, this study breaks new ground.” –From the introduction to A History of Drug Containers and Their Labels  

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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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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.

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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):

May 28-31, 2024: Kremers Seminar in the History of Pharmacy webinars.
June 27-30, 2024: ADHS Biennial Conference, Buffalo, NY.
July 7-11, 2024: International Social Pharmacy Workshop, Banff, Canada.
September 4-7, 2024: 46th International Congress for the History of Pharmacy, Belgrade Serbia.
January 3-6, 2025: Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association, New York City, NY.

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