A Brief History of Pharmacy: Humanity's Search for Wellness

Front Cover
Routledge, Aug 20, 2015 - History - 260 pages

Pharmacy has become an integral part of our lives. Nearly half of all 300 million Americans take at least one prescription drug daily, accounting for $250 billion per year in sales in the US alone. And this number doesn't even include the over-the-counter medications or health aids that are taken. How did this practice become such an essential part of our lives and our health?

A Brief History of Pharmacy: Humanity's Search for Wellness aims to answer that question. As this short overview of the practice shows, the search for well-being through the ingestion or application of natural products and artificially derived compounds is as old as humanity itself. From the Mesopotamians to the corner drug store, Bob Zebroski describes how treatments were sought, highlights some of the main victories of each time period, and shows how we came to be people who rely on drugs to feel better, to live longer, and look younger. This accessible survey of pharmaceutical history is essential reading for all students of pharmacy.


What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.


The Essentials of Pharmacy
Ancient Pharmacy in the River Civilizations of Mesopotamia
Pharmacy in Ancient Greece and Rome
Pharmacy in an Age of Faith
Medieval Arab and Islamic Pharmacy
Pharmacy During the European Renaissance and Early Modern
The Era of Alternative and Patent Medicine
American Pharmacy Organizes and Promotes a New Vision
Learning How to LearnFrom Apprenticeship to the Doctor
From the Corner
The Impact of Federal Legislation on the Practice of Pharmacy

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2015)

Bob Zebroski is Professor of History and Chairperson of the Liberal Arts Department at the St. Louis College of Pharmacy, one of the largest and oldest schools of pharmacy in the US, which just celebrated its sesquicentennial anniversary.

Bibliographic information