Beyond pharmacy blog
All posts from: March 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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.