These two volumes are filled with curious and interesting information, the result of an immense amount of painstaking labor. The history of pharmacy is traced from its mythical beginnings to the present time. Through a great part of this course it is almost identical with the history of medicine, although Wootton has paid special attention to the drugs mentioned by ancient writers. Following a chapter dealing with the myths of pharmacy, the author gives in succession what is known of pharmacy among the ancient Hebrews, Egyptians, Greeks and Romans. The story is traced through the Arabs to the middle ages, when the account becomes more definite and truly historical. An interesting chapter is the one devoted to the progress of pharmacy in Great Britain. Succeeding chapters deal with "Dogmas and Delusions," "Masters in Pharmacy," "Chemical Contributions," and other topics, such as "Poisons in History," "Noted Nostrums," etc.
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