From 2000 to 2006, AIHP published Apothecary’s Cabinet, which featured shorter articles on pharmaco-historical topics for students and other non-specialists. Apothecary’s Cabinet contains introductory and explanatory articles by some of the leading historians of American pharmacy, including David Cowen, William Helfand, and many others.
The full run of Apothecary’s Cabinet has been digitized and issues #1-#10 (pdf) are available for download. Please use the following tables of contents to explore the many interesting topics covered by Apothecary’s Cabinet.
Pharmacy in the American Century, Gregory J.Higby (pp. 1-5)
Philatelic Recognition of History of Pharmacy, George Griffenhagen, (pp. 6-8)
Greenies at Home, William H.Helfand, (p. 9)
Glass Label Bottles in Pharmacy, (p. 11)
Le Coquetier, David L. Cowen, (p. 13)
Century of Change: The Coming of Miracle Drugs, John P. Swann (pp. 1-5)
Smoke Ball Cure, William H. Helfand (p. 7)
Early Drug Wholesalers, Gregory J. Higby (pp. 8-9)
Tying the Knot — Secundum Artem, David L. Cowen (p. 13)
Collecting Pharmaceutical Antiques, Michael Harris and Charles Richardson (pp. 1-3)
Cigarette Cards, William H. Helfand (p. 4)
Emergence of American Pharmacy, Gregory J. Higby (pp. 7-10)
Drugstore and the Telephone, David L. Cowen(p. 11)
eAuctions and Pharmaceutical Antique Collecting—eCaveat Emptor, Anthony Palmieri III (pp. 1-4)
Swallowing the Pill, David L. Cowen (p. 6) Pharmacy and Exploration, Elaine C. Stroud (pp. 7-8)
Pharmacy over the Moon, Christiane Staiger (pp. 8-9)
Nineteenth-Century Manufacturing Promotion, William H. Helfand (p. 10)
Essay on “History,” William Zellmer (pp. 12-13)
Pioneer Herbal Drug: The Early History of American Ginseng, Gregory J. Higby (pp. 1-6)
Throop Pharmacy Museum, Lee Anna Obos (pp. 7-8)
New York Quinine and Chemical works illustration, William H. Helfand(p. 9)
Industrial Origins and Pharmacy, David L. Cowen (p. 10) Who are they now?, Elaine C.Stroud (p. 11)
History of Pharmacy and the History of the South, David L.Cowen (pp. 1-5)
Edwin W. Grove, Pharmacist, Entrepreneur, and Host to the Rich and Famous, Monica Ali and Warren, Flynn (pp. 9-10)
Sears Roebuck & Co., William H.Helfand (p. 11)
What is in a Name? Edward Parrish on the Profession of Pharmacy (1866), Greg Higby (pp. 1-2)
A Discourse on Titles, Etc., Edward Parrish (pp. 2-5)
Parson’s Purgative Pills, William H. Helfand (p. 6)
Drugs for Feudal Japan—A Woodcut, Glenn Sonnedecker (pp. 7-9)
Philatelic Practicing Pharmacists, George Griffenhagen (pp. 11-13)
Headline: Lewis & Clark Bought Imported Drugs!, Gregory J.Higby (pp. 1-4)
Evolution of Drug Containers, George Griffenhagen (pp. 5-8)
Boom and Bust: Sassafras, David L.Cowen (p. 9)
Pioneer Village Apothecary Shop (Spring Mill State Park, Mitchell, IN), Mark Zacharias (pp. 11-12)
Formation and Early Work of the Drug Laboratory, USDA Bureau of Chemistry, John P.Swann (pp. 1-9)
Preparing and Dispensing Prescriptions during the Civil War Era, Guy R. Hassegawa (pp. 1-6)
A Note on Historical Plague Prevention, Michael R. Harris (pp. 8-9)
William Jennings Bryan, Clarence Darrow, and Pharmacist F. E. Robinson, Frank Pinchak (pp. 9-12)
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Upcoming events of interest to historians of pharmacy, pharmaceuticals, medicines, science, and related fields. (Event information current when posted. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, please double-check the status of all events):
July 22-26, 2023: Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, Aurora, CO.
August 30-September 2, 2023: Biennial Meeting of the European Association for the History of Medicine and Health, Oslo, Norway.
November 11-14, 2023: Annual Meeting of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, Dallas, TX.
December 3-7, 2023: Midyear Clinical Meeting of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Anaheim, CA.
January 4-7, 2024: Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association, San Francisco, CA.
September 4-7, 2024: 46th International Congress for the History of Pharmacy, Belgrade Serbia.