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Christmas miscellany 2008

Articles published in the Christmas double issue of The Pharmaceutical Journal (20/27 December 2008)

Christmas miscellany articles published in the Christmas double issue of The Pharmaceutical Journal (20/27 December 2008)

Competition: Can you spot the differences?

Pharmacy’s Twelve Days of Christmas
Sarah Marshall finds the pharmacy in “The 12 days of Christmas”

Billy, goats, Brinkley and an uplifting cure
In 2008 Viagra, a blockbuster for Pfizer, celebrated its 10th annivesary. Ian MacKillop tells the tale of an earlier treatment for impotence

Memories of a 1950s apprenticeship
Phillip Crabtree provides an eye opener for newly registered pharmacists and brings back memories for some more experienced ones

2008: international year of the potato
As the International Year of the Potato draws to a close, Christiane Staiger takes a look at the history of this starchy South American tuber and examines its pharmaceutical career both as a medicinal substance and as an excipient

Bullen’s portrait of prison pharmacy
Roger Jacob looks into the work of the first pharmacist at HM Prison Brixton

Look east, young man: tales of British pharmacists in India during the Raj
Today, many pharmacists of Indian origin live and work in Britain. But 150 years ago the movement of pharmacists was in the opposite direction. Stuart Anderson traces the origins of this movement and tells the stories of some of the people who went out to India during the early days of the Raj

Beer: is it good or bad for your health?
Many claims have been made for the health-giving benefits of beer, but detrimental effects have also been reported. Brian Lockwood, of the University of Manchester School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science, examines the evidence

Pharmacy waves goodbye to “one of the most beautiful shops in England”
The resiting of a branch of Lloyds in Bury St Edmunds this year meantthe end of 200 of years of pharmacy in premises described as one of themost beautiful shops in England by architectural historian AlecClifton-Taylor in his 1980s BBC2 series “Another six English towns”.Lin-Nam Wang, The Journal’s senior contributions editor, talked to a former proprietor

Polymath pharmacist beats prion to a pulp
Pharmacists frequently forget that they have a wonderful rainbow of experience in chemistry, physics, pathology, pharmacology, therapeutics and business. In these days of increasing specialisation, it is essential that we retain a few polymaths, writes Frank Prior of the Osmosis Unit, Edinburgh. Here he tells how he used his experience to come up with a solution to the transmission of Creutzfeld-Jakob disease via surgical instruments

Vaseline: from trade mark to noun
The Little Oxford Dictionary defines Vaseline as: Vaseline /væsil:in/ noun. Proprietary term. Type of petroleum jelly used as ointment. Peter G. Homan, honorary secretary of the British Society for the History of Pharmacy, tells the story of its success

Combating counterfeit drugs in Africa
Each year, Lloydspharmacy funds two pharmacists to visit a drug testing project in Africa. Francesca Rivers talks to project participator Sam Gresham

Humanitarian aid in Casamance
As part of a diploma in pharmacy and humanitarian aid, Emmanuelle Lambert embarked on a mission to improve management and long-term availability of medicines to rural, underprivileged populations in Casamance, Senegal, with another pharmacist and two pharmacy students

Improving psychiatric care in Uganda
In May 2008, Delia Bishara, principal pharmacist at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, was invited to accompany a consultant psychiatrist to Uganda and help him run a series of workshops for staff in a psychiatric hospital. She describes her experience

Can you spot the differences?
See if you can find 12 differences between these two pictures ofMorrison’s Chemist in London, 1973, taken by photographer John Londei

A journalist’s memories of Scotland
Andrew Haynes recalls his experiences as a PJ journalist on assignments to report pharmaceutical conferences in Scotland

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