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Beyond pharmacy blog

All posts from: March 2013

Row, row, row my chair

Posted by: Footler PJWed, 20 Mar 2013

A talent for patination

Posted by: Footler PJWed, 20 Mar 2013

A blacksmith is a regular customer at a local pharmacy that still stocks a range of chemicals for sale. While working there one day I asked him what he intended to do with the items he had just requested. Some 20 minutes later I had gained a crowd of restless customers and had learnt that the concept of secundum artem, virtually gone from pharmacy, lives on in his workshop.

Captain Bligh’s fruit: handle with care

Posted by: Footler PJWed, 20 Mar 2013

Non-existent disease?

Posted by: Bystander PJWed, 13 Mar 2013

I recently mentioned erythema infectiosum, which in the early 20th century was known as fifth disease because it was the fifth cause of childhood rash and fever to be characterised — after measles, scarlet fever, rubella and Dukes disease and before roseola (PJ, 2 February 2013, p123).

Down’s syndrome day

Posted by: Bystander PJWed, 13 Mar 2013

The week of 18–23 March 2013 has been designated as Down’s Syndrome Awareness Week, and 21 March has, since 2006, been World Down Syndrome Day.

Pharmacist righteous among the nations

Posted by: Bystander PJWed, 13 Mar 2013

The Polish city of Kraków has two pharmacy-related museums. One, full of old pharmacy fittings and equipment, is reputed to be Europe’s largest collection of pharmacy memorabilia. The other, housed in a former pharmacy, is one of the world’s most poignant museums.

Notes on napping

Posted by: Prospector PJWed, 6 Mar 2013

Giraffes do it for less than two hours a day, while pythons notch up 18 hours. Margaret Thatcher slept for only four hours a night. Thomas Edison declared sleeping a waste of time.

Family ties among talking plants

Posted by: Prospector PJWed, 6 Mar 2013

Scientists have for some time known plants communicate with each other, but new research has revealed that plants react most strongly to messages from their genetically related neighbours.

Food of Incas and astronauts

Posted by: Prospector PJWed, 6 Mar 2013

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