Apothecary — Just what the doctor ordered

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This word came up recently when I was having coffee with a friend.  He was talking about history and how things used to be.

He seemed a bit surprised that I knew what an apothecary is.  After you read this, you will know too.

Here is the definition of apothecary.  It is medical professional who prepares or formulates and sells drugs and or medicine.  These drugs go to physicians, surgeons and directly to patients.

It is commonly called a pharmacist or druggist in today’s terms.

The name apothecary can also mean the building where the drugs are dispenses, such as a pharmacy or drugstore.

Where does the word apothecary come from?

1325–75; Middle English  (< Old French ) < Medieval Latin apothēcārius  seller of spices and drugs, LateLatin:  shopkeeper, equivalent to Latin apothēc a ) shop, storehouse

The actual concept could date back as far as 2600 B.C.  in ancient Babylon.  Early records show the practice of the apothecary.  Some clay tablets have been found with medical texts recording symptoms, the prescriptions, and the directions for compounding it.


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