In Service to American Pharmacy: The Professional Life of William Procter, Jr.

In Service to American Pharmacy: The Professional Life of William Procter, Jr.

Author: Gregory J. Higby
Publisher: University of Alabama Press
Year Published: 1992
Pages: 269
ISBN: 0-8173-0591-2
AIHP#: BKS40 (cloth only)
Price: $15.00 ($9.00 for members)

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The present position of pharmacist in the structure of health care in the United States evolved during the middle half of the nineteenth century, roughly from the founding of the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy in 1821 to the passage of meaningful pharmaceutical legislation in the 1870s. During that period a small group of men connected with the drug trade championed the concept of a practitioner who raison d’être was the preparation of medicines. This book describes and evaluates the progress of that movement through the contributions of William Procter, Jr., (1817-1874), its predominant figure.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction (page 1)
  • Chapter 1 – A Glimpse at Procter’s Character (page 16)
  • Chapter 2 – William Procter as Practicing Pharmacist (page 35)
  • Chapter 3 – Pharmaceutical Scientist and Technologist (page 55)
  • Chapter 4 – The Pursuit of Drug Quality (page 79)
  • Chapter 5 – Editor of the American Journal of Pharmacy (page 100)
  • Chapter 6 – Pioneering Pharmaceutical Educator (page 124)
  • Chapter 7 – Procter and Pharmaceutical Organizations (page 151)
  • Chapter 8 – Concluding Remarks (page 174)
  • Appendix A – Procter’s Paris Speech (page 183)
  • Appendix B – Examples of Procter’s Writing Style (page 189)
  • Appendix C – Example of Procter’s Work in Drug Assay (page 192)
  • Appendix D – Example of Procter’s Pharmaceutical Art (page 195)
  • Notes (page 199)
  • Bibliography (Page 235)
  • Index (page 265)
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