Beyond pharmacy blog
All posts from: November 2013
By Bystander I wrote recently about the myth that we should drink at least two litres of water a day (PJ, 12 October 2013, p390). Another myth is that bottled water is better than tap water. But tap water is preferable for many reasons.
By Bystander The Royal Pharmaceutical Society publication that pharmacists know simply as Martindale takes its name from its original compiler, the Victorian pharmacist William Martindale, whose Extra Pharmacopoeia was first published 130 years ago.
Thomas Tompion, regarded as “the father of English clockmaking”, died 300 years ago this week. His work includes some of the world’s most historic and important clocks and watches. Examples still working today can be found in Buckingham Palace, the British Museum and the Science Museum.
Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) was first synthesised by Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann at the Sandoz laboratories in Basel on 16 November, 75 years ago. Hofmann was working on a research programme into clinically useful ergot alkaloid derivatives, but only discovered LSD’s psychedelic properties five years later when he accidentally swallowed an unknown quantity.
“Nosopoetic” sounds like an important clinical term that should be in pharmacists’ vocabulary. But do not worry: I am not highlighting a gap in your knowledge; rather, a potentially useful word that never caught on.
Healthcare agencies are keen to maintain the nutritional and immunological benefits of breastfeeding in developing countries, even in infants whose mothers are HIV positive. Infant retroviral drug prophylaxis can reduce the rate of infection, but other issues such as cost, toxicity and drug resistance can limit its effectiveness.
The 75th anniversary of the death of Mary Mallon falls on 11 November 2013. She is better known as Typhoid Mary, the first person in the US to be identified as an asymptomatic carrier of typhoid.