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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: 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.