Editor: Glenn Sonnedecker, David L. Cowen, and Gregory J. Higby, eds.
Publisher: American Institute of the History of Pharmacy
Year Published: 2002
Price: $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
Preface: “Here are ordinary practitioners, telling in their own words what it was like behind the counter. They hail from places as far apart as a teeming immigrant neighborhood in New York City and a sparsely settled Texas cowtown. They are voices of a past long gone in pharmacy, times as far apart as the days when the Revolution was still an exciting first-hand memory, and the days when these typical entrepreneurs were struggling against the Great Depression.
We searched out first-hand testimonies, unpolished and unexpurgated, which were scattered in reminiscences, diaries, memoirs, letters, and the like – published an unpublished. These accounts are not history in any formal sense, but offer vivid glimpses of a vanished work-a-day world out of which present-day pharmacists evolved and inherited occupational mind-sets to be nurtured or to be surmounted…
Our modest purpose is to rescue these unique sources from the risk of being lost. Some are from defunct and disintegrating journals now more than a century old. Some are from publications to which crowded pharmacy libraries are tempted to apply the fatal euphemism, “deaccession,” since they now have only “historical” value. But our contrary belief that these voices from long ago are worth preserving, even if read simply for their inherent interest, motivated this small anthology.”
Table of Contents:
(Dates indicate the approximate time-span of each author’s observations.) Recollections are chronologically arranged.
1: Introduction, Part I: 1824-1860
7: William A. Brewer, Sr., 1824-1860s
15: J. Brown Baxley, 1830-1850
17: Robert Shoemaker, 1832-1850
20: Charles E. Pancoast, 1832-1849
24: George Thurber, 1840-1842
36: Evan Tyson Ellis, 1840-1870
37: Alpheus P. Sharp, 1840s
38: Theodore R. Wardell, 1844-1865
39: Christian Fr. G. Meyer, 1848-1860s
41: C. V Emich, 1848-1851
41: William T. Wenzell, c. 1850-1867
42: John A. Dadd, 1850-c. 1885
45: M. Joseph Murh, c. 1851-1880
47: James Winchell Forbes, 1853-1879
53: John F. Hancock, 1854-1867
54: Joseph L. Lemberger, 1850s-1916
58: G. G. C. Simms, 1850s
58: John M. Maisch, 1850-1856
59: Albert E. Magoffin, 1856-1880s
61: Edward Parrish, 1856
63: Frederick W. Fenn, 1857
63: S. A. D. Sheppard, 1858-1868
65: Introduction, Part II: 1860-1933
71: W P. Carstarphen, 1860-1864
72: J. H. Zielin, c. 1860-1865
74: Charles B. Johnson, 1863-1864
76: H. M. Parchen, 1860s
77: John W Ballard, 1860s
77: Fred R. Dimmitt, 1860s
78: John Best, 1866-1870s
80: John Uri Lloyd, 1860s
81: John T. Moore, c. 1860-1880
83: William H. Rogers, 1860s-1880s
85: Charles H. Zahn, 1860s-1890s
86: William L. DuBois, 1863-1916
87: John N. Hurty, 1870s
91: Fred B. Kilmer, 1870s
92: James Hartley Beal, late 1870s
93: Jacob A. Flexner, c. 1874-1893
96: B. C. Huger, 1870s?-1912
97: Mathias Noll, 1880-1920
99: Edward Kremers, c. 1885
100: Carrie E. Howard, 1886-1890
102: John W. Gray, 1886-1914
103: Josephine W. Stuart, 1890-1912
106: A. C. Meyer, 1890s
109: Frederick T. Gordon, 1890s-1912
111: William C. Alpers, 1890s
112: Walter H. Cousins [Sr.], c. 1895-1915
118: Ernest L. Harris, 1900-c. 1945
120: Shine Philips, c. 1901-1925
125: Roy Bird Cook, 1905
127: George H. Balloff, 1907-1960
130: Richard Armour, 1912-c. 1925
133: George A. Seyfarth c. 1918-1930
138: Jacob Eisen, 1920-1950
141: Hubert H. Humphrey, c. 1927-1936
143: Celia F. Handelman, 1929-c. 1940
144: William Byron Rumford, Sr., 1930-1950
146: Carl E. Kyburz, 1933
153: Author Index
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