“Drugs and Medicines, Tobacco and Segars:” As Madison Grows, Pharmacy Grows

“Drugs and Medicines, Tobacco and Segars:” As Madison Grows, Pharmacy Grows

Author: Russell W. Archer
Publisher: Russell W. Archer
Year Published: 1980
Pages: 416
AIHP#: BKS98
Price: $20.00 ($12.00 for members)

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“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)

47: Physician-Pharmacists

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)

85: Panic-War-Education

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

319: Epilogue

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