Medicine & Pharmacy in American Political Prints

Medicine & Pharmacy in American Political Prints

Author: William H. Helfand
Publisher: American Institute of the History of Pharmacy
Year Published: 1978
Pages: 84
ISBN: 0-931292-07-7
Series: AIHP Monograph Series #4
Price: $11.00 ($7.00 for members)

Buy on Amazon

View on Google Books


These caricatures have long been familiar to those interested in the history of medicine and pharmacy who have used them as illuminating source material in the study of social and political history; they can be used as a source of metaphors and references to illustrates the problems of contemporary life. Looked at in this way, the caricatures produced in the first half of the nineteenth century, and in the years before the institutionalization of cartoons in the daily and weekly press, provide a setting for a variety of political attitudes. In many cases, the setting is a medical one, for medicines was such an important part of social life, a medical theme could also be used as background, for quick understanding, in conveying attitudes toward political questions, Since the objective of the artists was in almost every case propaganda, the setting of his illustration had to evoke immediate recognition in the mind of the viewer; medicines, illness, prescriptions, the sick bed, nursing, etc., were parts of everyday life, and it therefore not surprising that they were used with some frequency by the cartoonist. In some prints, the medical or pharmaceutical reference in incidental to the general theme of the print in questions; in others, it is more immediately related.

Sample Page:

Fostering the creation, preservation, and dissemination of knowledge concerning the history of the pharmaceutical field.

AIHP Thanks the Charter Members of the National Pharmacy Association Sponsorship program

  • Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy, Patron

  • American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Patron

  • American College of Clinical Pharmacy, Donor

  • American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, Contributor

  • American Pharmacists Association, Contributor

Read More

Join AIHP and Subscribe to Pharmacy in History

Individual Subscription
For $65/year ($75/foreign)

Institutional/Corporate subscription
For $130/year ($140/foreign)

Pharmacy Education Fund (Schools or College of Pharmacy)
For $275/year

Read More

Access the Pharmacy in History JSTOR Archive

All past issues of Pharmacy in History have been digitized and are text-searchable at JSTOR.

Read More

AIHP Announces Guidelines on Teaching History in Pharmacy Education

The Historical Studies Committee of the American Institute of the History of Pharmacy announces new  AIHP Guidelines on teaching History in Pharmacy Education to meet the “Standards 2016” of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE).

Read More