Author: Russell W. Archer
Publisher: Russell W. Archer
Year Published: 1980
Price: $20.00 ($12.00 for members)
“Drugs and Medicines, Tobacco and Segars:” As Madison Grows, Pharmacy Grows
Preface: “In 1954 Archer’s Pharmacy was located at 1839 Monroe Street, Madison. Professor George Urdang, venerable, Father of the American Institute of the History of Pharmacy, lived a short two blocks down the street (1635 Monroe Street) and consequently was a regular customer of the drug store. While filling the good Professor’s prescriptions or other pharmaceutical necessities, the conversation invariably reverted to the history of Pharmacy and the writing thereof. One day, during the usual chit-chat, your author casually mentioned his inherent desire to write, and observed that there was a specific need for some sort of documentation of the growth of Pharmacy in Madison. Much to the young pharmacist’s surprise, a week later a package was delivered to the drug store containing several typewritten sheets which chronologically listed many of the early Madison pharmacists. An attached note written in characteristic German script read, “Mr. Archer, I think you will be interested in seeing these extracts from directories, etc. Good Luck! Urdang.”
The foundation had been laid. After twenty-five years the structure is finally complete. Would that this kind and encouraging scholar were here today to constructively criticize or offer friendly suggestions for the final draft.
The chapters which you are about to read have been written with the aid of a comprehensive plan, design, and purpose. The book consists mainly of a series of studies of human lives and affairs, which, with slight variations, tend to repeat themselves. The characters and events are real. There is no attempt to fictionalize-truth is stranger than fiction.”
Table of Contents:
Part I: Setting the Stage (1837-1847)
1: Pioneer Madison
7: The Commissioner’s Stores
12: The Post Office Store
23: Madison’s Pharmaceutical Watershed
24: Park Row
29: Early King Street Merchants
40: Drugs Versus Crockery
Part II: Growing Pains (1847-1857)
57: Madison’s First Drug Store
66: The University of Wisconsin
69: Controversial Drug and Medicine Men
75: Pharmacy Unfolds on Main Street
76: A Bustling Decade in Review
Part III: Ten Years of Troubled Times (1857-1867)
93: Quackery in Early Madison
Part IV: Pharmacy Expands in Madison (1867-1877)
101: An Interesting Sequence
108: A Seventy Year Dynasty
116: A Determined Scotsman
118: A Period of Unrest
Part V: The First Half Century Comes to An End (1877-1887)
125: Rocky Mountain Tea
129: Two Unusual Drug Stores
133: Deutsche Apotheke
141: The Wisconsin School of Pharmacy
153: A Capsule Synopsis of the First Fifty Years
Part VI: The Spider Web Spreads (1887-1897)
161: A Pharmaceutical Balance: The Square-The Campus-Skid Row
174: A Cosmopolitan Assemblage of Pharmacists
180: In Retrospect
Part VII: Early Twentieth Century (1897-1907)
193: National, State, and Local Events: Their Effect on Pharmacy in Madison
Part VIII: East Meets West (1907-1917)
207: A New Era
212: Pawns of Pharmacy
218: Potpourri: With the Accent on Miscellany
Part IX: A Few Chaotic Years (1917-1927)
239: Doughboys and Bootleggers
243: V.I.P. (Very Important Pharmacists)
Part X: The Close of a Century of Progress (1927-1937)
265: East Side-West Side-All Around the Town
282: Madison’s Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Wholesale Drug Companies
286: Extra-Medical Services
302: Pharmacy Meets a Test
308: The American Institute of the History of Pharmacy
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