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Christmas miscellany 2010

Christmas miscellany articles published in the Christmas double issue of The Pharmaceutical Journal (18/25 December 2010)


TReindeerhe animal world has its junkies too
Andrew Haynes kicks off 2010’s Christmas miscellany with reports of rampant reindeer, sozzled starlings and junkie monkeys, and a look at how goats seem to be the cause of many of man’s sins
PJ 2010;285:723-724

Laughing gas crazes and medical dreams
By 1900, nitrous oxide was established as an anaesthetic and hailed as one of the great medical advances of all time. But it was discovered a century earlier, when surgery without pain was considered a foolish, utopian dream, writes Mike Jay
PJ 2010;285:725

Peter RabbitFlopsy, Mopsy, Cottontail and pharmacy
Beatrix Potter is much-loved as a children’s author and illustrator. For the pharmacy historian, her books, set in their rural context in the early 20th century, provide insights into contemporary perceptions of illness, views of the medical profession and treatments, particularly countryside remedies, says Briony Hudson
PJ 2010;285:726-727

Tales of medicine-taking en pointe
Not all of us get to perform at the Royal Opera House. Leila Taheri spoke to a former pharmacist who did so during 2010. An odd coincidence was that the performance aimed to raise awareness of relationships with medicines
PJ 2010;285:728

GhanaLet Us Shine in our make-shift pharmacy
Hannah Currie, the daughter of two pharmacists, has been volunteering at a school in rural Ghana for the past three years. She describes recent work to help set up a pharmacy in the school and the benefits this has brought
PJ 2010;285:729-730

Health and sartorial elegance in Haiti
Antje Neubert, senior research fellow at the Centre for Paediatric Pharmacy Research, School of Pharmacy, University of London, describes working with a German non-governmental organisation in Haiti, after the earthquake in January 2010
PJ 2010;285:730-731

Liverpool apothecary in the slave trade
Stuart Anderson, reader in the social history of pharmacy at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, tells how apothecary Edward Parr made his fortune
PJ 2010;285:732-733 

An eye-watering mystery consignment
An amusing anecdote from a supermarket pharmacy, by Theo Tynne
PJ 2010;285:733

Boy with fossilBeing at school with a national treasure
Readers who enjoyed David Attenborough’s television series “First life” in November 2010 might be interested to know that Sir David’s interest in fossils and the very first animals began at an early age. Ray Sturgess gives a first-hand account
PJ 2010;285:734

Perils of writing for The Journal
Think carefully before you agree to write for The Pharmaceutical Journal, warns contributor Sarah Marshall
PJ 2010;285:735

COMPETITION: Can you spot the differences?
PJ 2010;285:736

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