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Christmas miscellany 2013

Christmas miscellany articles published in the Christmas double issue of The Pharmaceutical Journal(21/28 December 2013)

Astronaut in space (Lculig/Dreamstime.com)

COMPETITION: Can you identify these mystery articles?
Correctly identify 8 mystery objects from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Museum for a chance to win £25 of Marks and Spencer vouchers and a British Society for the History of Pharmacy bone china mug
PJ 2013;291:660-1

Space motion sickness and alien microbes: learning from astronauts
Andrew Haynes investigates the drugs used by astronauts and the potential of space orbit for research leading to new medicines and medical techniques
PJ 2013;291:648-50

Pharmacy in the mountains of lions
Pharmacists Matt Johnson, Greig Kirkpatrick and Lottie Ayres and technician Dhara Thacker describe volunteering pharmacy services in one of the world’s poorest countries
PJ 2013;291:651-2

Pharmacy scores a goal with unusual location
There are not many places that you can get your flu jab and watch “the Os” score in the top corner at the same time. In fact for this purpose Leyton Orient Pharmacy’s consultation room is unique.
PJ 2013;291:653

Professional publicity in comic opera — a dispensing error leads to love!
Pharmacy and pharmacists are occasionally mentioned to good effect in comic operas. Roger Wild looks at their portrayal by librettists who worked with Sir Arthur Sullivan 
PJ 2013;291:654-5

Australia and the gold rush pharmacists
Stuart Anderson explains how the Australian gold rush was significant inthe evolving story of movement of pharmacists between Britain and its colony down under
PJ 2013;291:656

An almost arachnophobe abroad
This year saw a spate of reports of false black widow spiders inthe UK. In our second Australian themed article, Sarah Marshall takes alook at some of their antipodean cousins 
PJ 2013;291:657

Wee, piddle, pee, golden liquid, biofluid: are you extracting the urine? Last Word contributor Didapper examines the medicinal uses of urine, including the growing practice of swigging one’s own for its alleged health benefits
PJ 2013;291:658-9

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal DOI: 10.1211/PJ.2013.11131821

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