Apothecary Table, Germany


An pharmacian was a medical professional who formulated and dispensed materia medica to physicians, surgeons and patients. The modern pharmacist (in American English) or chemist (in British English) has taken upward of this role. The apothecaries’ investigation of herbal and chemical ingredients was a herald to the modern sciences of chemistry and pharmacology.

In etc. to dispensing medicines, the apothecary offered ill-defined medical advice and a range of services that are at this moment performed by other specialist practitioners, of that kind as surgeons and obstetricians. Apothecaries frequently operated through a retail shop what one., in addition to ingredients for medicines, sold tobacco and apparent medicines

*Apothecary derives from the Ancient Greek word ἀποθήκη (

, “a treasury, storehouse”), Latin apotheca (“repository, storehouse, warehouse”), Old French apotecaire, from Medieval Latin apothecarius (“storekeeper”), from apotheca (“work~, store”), which eventually came to selfish an Apothecary, or Pharmacist.

“…and against ye shal nat tarie,

Though in this toun is noon apothecarie,
I shal myself to herbes techen yow,
That shul been as far as concerns youre hele and for youre beak.”

“…and you should not saunter,
Though, in this town there is not at all apothecary,
I will teach you not far from herbs myself,
That will be in opposition to your health and for your self-sufficiency.”

Geoffrey Chaucer – The Nun’s Priest’s Tale <Pertelote to Chantecleer> End of 14th century.

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