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Beyond pharmacy blog

All posts from: December 2010

Festive pharmaceutical cocktail

Posted by: Didapper PJThu, 16 Dec 2010

With the festive season again upon us, readers may appreciate a recipe for an egg nog or egg flip, a drink that has long been associated with Christmas. Indeed, 24 December is National Egg Nog Day in the US. Here is my egg flip recipe: rub together 15g of sugar and two egg yolks, then add 120ml each of brandy and cinnamon water and mix well.

Christmas the Catalonian way

Posted by: Didapper PJThu, 16 Dec 2010

Some traditions associated with the celebration of Christmas have developed in weird ways. I particularly like a custom that has grown up in Catalonia, Spain.

“An Alectoris rufa in a Pyrus communis”

Posted by: Didapper PJThu, 16 Dec 2010

At this time of year you may be unlucky enough to find yourself cajoled into joining in that interminable song “The 12 days of Christmas”.

How scientists got their name

Posted by: Footler PJWed, 8 Dec 2010

The debate over whether pharmaceutical scientists may be invited to join the Royal Pharmaceutical Society reminded me that the term “scientist” is itself a fairly recent invention.

Biodiversity struggle must go on

Posted by: Footler PJWed, 8 Dec 2010

Although the UN International Year of Biodiversity is drawing to a close, the struggle to reduce the rate of biodiversity loss significantly must go on. To track progress the 2010 Biodiversity Indicators Partnership has developed a number of indicators.

Father and son who challenged Darwin

Posted by: Footler PJWed, 8 Dec 2010

Game bird for a pharmacist

Posted by: Bystander PJThu, 2 Dec 2010

Friday 10 December 2010 sees the end of the UK grouse hunting season and the red grouse (Lagopus lagopus scoticus) will be safe from the gun until 12 August 2011.

Goddess of women’s health

Posted by: Bystander PJThu, 2 Dec 2010

If asked to name Roman gods and goddesses, few pharmacists, I suspect, would think of Bona Dea, even though she has a strong connection with healthcare.

Avicenna, an under-appreciated genius

Posted by: Bystander PJThu, 2 Dec 2010

I wrote on my previous page (PJ, 23/30 October 2010, p490) about Galen, one of the supporters of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s arms.

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