Pharmacy in World War II


Learn the real story of pharmacy's "greatest generation" during the war years-at home and on the battlefield! World War II was a historical watershed in American history, including the practice of pharmacy. Pharmacy in World War II is a comprehensive history of American pharmacy, both in the military and on the home front, from 1941 to 1945. The book provides a unique insight into the profession and its practitioners.

Read about civilian practice activities, such as the quinine ...

See more details below
$22.00 price
(Save 11%)$24.95 List Price
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (6) from $18.58   
  • New (5) from $18.58   
  • Used (1) from $22.20   
Sending request ...


Learn the real story of pharmacy's "greatest generation" during the war years-at home and on the battlefield! World War II was a historical watershed in American history, including the practice of pharmacy. Pharmacy in World War II is a comprehensive history of American pharmacy, both in the military and on the home front, from 1941 to 1945. The book provides a unique insight into the profession and its practitioners.

Read about civilian practice activities, such as the quinine collection and the drives to reclaim tin tubes when supplies of both were controlled by the enemy. Discover how practitioners coped with the shortage of some materials and what ingenuous methods and expanded roles that they put into place to meet the needs of patients and customers. Through accounts stored in archives and told first-hand, you'll learn about the work of the Selective Service committees to preserve an adequate pool of pharmacists for civilian practice, the bond drives that would buy hospital airplanes and trains, and a great deal more. Pharmacy education was in a state of flux with accelerated classes, an increase in women, and the disappearance of young men into the military. Research in the pharmaceutical industry developed new products, such as the morphine Syrette, plasma and sulfa packages to meet battlefield conditions. Whole new classes of therapeutic agents, ranging from penicillin to Atabrine to blood products, emerged from industry. Among the experiences are those of the Japanese American pharmacists and almost 120,000 others unjustly imprisoned in the most desolate spots of America.

The 70 year struggle to establish an Army Pharmacy Corps was finally successful in 1943. Pharmacists could be commissioned as officers and practice pharmacy. More important, the distribution system for men and women in the military was given the same safety oversight enjoyed by civilians. Over 12,000 pharmacists and pharmacy students served in military assignments, some as pharmacists or in the medical field. Many served in combat roles as pilots, combat soldiers, and sailors, others as medics or corpsmen. A number did not come home.

Pharmacy in World War II documents the events and people who experienced a turbulent time and changed a profession.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Thomas Jacobsen, PharmD, MS, RPh, FASCP (ViroPharma Incorporated)
Description: There are very few books on the history of pharmacy and even fewer devoted to pharmacy practice within certain time periods. This book attempts to cover the history of pharmacy from both a civilian and military perspective from before Pearl Harbor to the postwar years.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide the armchair historian and the consummate pharmacy professional historical insight into the role of pharmacy during this tumultuous period. This is a well researched book that not only chronicles the events and circumstances surrounding pharmacy during World War II, but also the impact on the future of pharmacy.
Audience: Both pharmacy professionals and historians will find this book educational and entertaining. The author is widely published and well respected in his field. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Pharmacy and has received the American Institute of the History of Pharmacy Fischelis Grant for his research on pharmacy in WW II.
Features: This book chronicles the history of pharmacy from prewar pharmacy practice (1940-1941) through the end of the war (1945). It covers a wide range of topics with meticulous detail. Of particular interest is how the evolving development of pharmaceutical education, the role of women in pharmacy, and the creation of a model pharmacy practice act impacted pharmacy today. Many historical pictures and cartoons that are both amusing and introspective appear throughout the book.
Assessment: This is a fascinating read for anyone interested in history or the history of pharmacy. The author meets his objectives by providing a well written book based on accurate historical facts that chronicle the history of pharmacy from the prewar era to the postwar era.

3 Stars from Doody
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781481054423
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/3/2013
  • Pages: 310
  • Sales rank: 1,235,567
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Dennis B. Worthen is a recognized chronicler of the history of American pharmacy. He spent over two decades with Procter & Gamble Health Care until his retirement as the director of pharmacy affairs. He has been associated with the Lloyd Library and Museum in Cincinnati and he has lectured and published widely. In 2010 his work on the history of pharmacy in World War II was recognized by the American Institute of the History of Pharmacy with its Kremers Award for outstanding writing of pharmaco-history by an American author.

Dr. Worthen received his BA from the University of Michigan. He also earned two MS degrees and a PhD from Case Western Reserve University. From 1986 - 1989 he was awarded an Allied Irish Bank Visiting Professorship at the College of Pharmacy at Queen's University in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He has held adjunct appointments in several colleges of pharmacy and currently is an adjunct professor at the James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy at the University of Cincinnati where he teaches history of pharmacy.

Dr. Worthen is well known for his series of biographical sketches on "Heroes of Pharmacy." The American Pharmaceutical Association published Heroes of Pharmacy: Professional Leadership in Times Change, a compilation of the first 30 articles in 2008; a second edition was released in 2012. Other books authored by Dr. Worthen include The Millis Study Commission on Pharmacy: A Road Map to a Profession's Future. In 2009 Drs. Worthen and Robert Elenbaas co-authored Clinical Pharmacy in the United States: Transformation of a Profession.

In 1996 the American Institute of History of Pharmacy awarded its Fischelis Grant for his work on pharmacy in World War II. This was followed by a second grant in 2003 to support research into the story of the relocation of Japanese American pharmacists and student pharmacists in World War II.

In 1998 Dr. Worthen received the Linwood F. Tice Friend of the American Pharmacists Association/Academy of Student Pharmacists Award and the Phi Lambda Sigma National Leadership Award. In 2006 he was elected to the International Academy of the History of Pharmacy. In 2010 APhA honored Dr. Worthen by selecting him as the Honorary President.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Author’s Note

Chapter 1. Prologue: Prewar Pharmacy Practice, 1940-1941
Retail Pharmacy
Pharmacy Corps
Practice Standards
December 7, 1941

Chapter 2. Pharmacy Education
The Colleges
The Curriculum
The Faculty
The Students
Japanese Americans
Postwar Planning
American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education
Student Finances
Refresher Courses
Credit for Military Service

Chapter 3. Selective Service
The Selective Training and Service Act of 1940
Pre-Pearl Harbor
Students and the Colleges
Necessary Men
Pharmacy Advisory Committees

Chapter 4. The Drugstore in the War Effort
Civil Defense
Civilian Health
Bond Drives
Conservation Efforts
Tin Conservation
The Quinine Pool
Community Service

Chapter 5. Pharmacy Operations
Shortages and Rationing
Japanese Americans

Chapter 6. Pharmacy Corps
The Beginning
World War I Period
Between the Wars
The Kendig Era

Chapter 7. The Military
The Army Supply Catalog
Army Pharmacy
Personal Experiences
Pharmacy Technicians
Navy Pharmacy
Pharmacy-Chemistry Technicians
Naval Supply Table
Public Health Service: Coast Guard/Merchant Marine
Women in the Armed Services
The Corpsman and the Medic

Chapter 8. Epilogue: The Returning Veterans
For the Duration and Six Months
Back to Work
Hospital Pharmacy
GI Bill
Credit for Military Experience
Civil Service
Pharmacy Corps
The Navy
The Medical Service Corps

Chapter 9. Postscript

Appendix I. Colleges and Schools of Pharmacy, 1944
Appendix II. State Selective Service Pharmacy Advisory Committees
Appendix III. Directory of Pharmacy Organizations and Leaders
National Pharmacy Organization Presidents
National Associations, 1944
State Associations, 1944
Boards of Pharmacy, 1944
Principal National Publications, 1944
Appendix IV. Memories Project Respondents
Appendix V. Extracts of the 1943 Medical department Supply Catalog (Army)
Appendix VI. Pharmacists and Pharmacy Students Who Died in the Service

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)