The Development of American Pharmacology: John J. Abel and the Shaping of a Discipline

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The word pharmacology has been used since the seventeenth century to refer - like the ancient term materia medica - to the general study of drugs, including their origin, composition, physiological effects, therapeutic uses, preparation, and administration. But the modern science of pharmacology did not emerge as a distinct discipline until the nineteenth century, when scientists primarily concerned with investigating the physiological effects of drugs began calling themselves "pharmacologists." The Development ...
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The word pharmacology has been used since the seventeenth century to refer - like the ancient term materia medica - to the general study of drugs, including their origin, composition, physiological effects, therapeutic uses, preparation, and administration. But the modern science of pharmacology did not emerge as a distinct discipline until the nineteenth century, when scientists primarily concerned with investigating the physiological effects of drugs began calling themselves "pharmacologists." The Development of American Pharmacology is the first comprehensive history of the emergence of the science of pharmacology as an independent discipline in the United States. Central to the story is John J. Abel (1857-1938), widely regarded as the "father of American pharmacology." A student of the University of Michigan and Johns Hopkins, Abel received his M.D. degree at the University of Strassburg and helped introduce German knowledge of pharmacology to his American colleagues. At the University of Michigan, he was appointed to the first chair of pharmacology in the United States, and as professor of pharmacology at Johns Hopkins for thirty-nine years, he trained many of the leading figures in the discipline. In addition to offering the first detailed portrait of Abel's education and career, Parascandola treats topics such as the beginnings of experimental pharmacology in the nineteenth century; the spread of American pharmacology from Michigan and Johns Hopkins to other universities; the growth of pharmacology outside the academic setting; and the establishment of a national society of pharmacologists and a specialized journal, the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics.
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Pharmacology has long struggled to rise above its origins in materia medica (the ancient term for the study of drugs) and to distinguish itself from physiology, biochemistry, and pharmaceuticals. Having studied in Germany, John J. Abel, ``the father of American pharmacology,'' launched a professional society and journal in 1908; pharmacology courses, degrees, and departments were established in medical schools. Because he disliked teaching and his research produced no major discoveries, Abel is remembered primarily as a mentor. Ultimately, FDA drug testing was pharmacology's greatest catalyst, but it still had to overcome the disdain of medical schools, academicians' contempt for those in private industry, and the ongoing territorial battles with biochemistry and within the field itself between cellular and ``whole body'' pharmacologists. Parascandola (chief, History of Medicine Division, National Library of Medicine) has authored several articles on pharmaceutical history and on Abel. Although he takes more pains with names and dates than with such difficult issues as vivisection, his very readable institutional history is recommended for academic and medical libraries and for informed lay readers.-- Robert C. Moore, DuPont Merck Pharmaceutical Co. Information Svcs., Waltham, Mass.
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Traces the rise of pharmacology as a separate discipline in the US during the 19th century, pivoting on the career of the teacher Abel (1857-1938) who was instrumental in bringing German knowledge to his students and colleagues. Also notes the growth of the science outside of academia, and the establishment of a professional society and journal. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780801844164
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1992
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 6.35 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
1 From Materia Medica to Pharmacology 1
2 The Education of a Medical Scientist 22
3 Abel and the Beginnings of Pharmacology in American Medical Schools 39
4 The Growth of Academic Pharmacology in the United States 62
5 Pharmacologists in Government and Industry 91
6 The Professionalization of a Discipline 126
Notes 153
Bibliographical Essay 191
Index 203
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2012

    John Parascandola’s biography, The Development of American

    John Parascandola’s biography, The Development of American Pharmacology, is a compelling story of how John J. Abel becomes the Founder of American Pharmacology. Published in 1992, John Parascandola writes a captivating story of John Abel’s life and the work that he did to change medicine as we know it.
    John J. Abel was a leading American pharmacologist who worked under some of the most influential European doctors; he eventually became the first professor of pharmacology in 1893 at the John Hopkins school of Pharmacology. Abel was an immensely hard worker, being that pharmacology students have to put a vast amount of time in their studies, which resulted in his many scientific contributions. In 1908, Abel made his largest contribution to society, Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, which advanced the field of Pharmacology drastically.
    When I read the book, I found Abel’s life to be very dedicated to his profession, which is an admirable trait. Through his hard work and patience he became one of the most influential people in America’s advance of medicine. I found the story to be extremely thorough in his accomplishments but lacking in his personal life.
    The book’s illustrations vary depending upon which version you buy; mine had no pictures, yet still held my attention. The book’s cover was extremely plain and unoriginal, however for readers who are interested in the history of pharmacology, this book is perfect for them. Depending upon what your interests/intentions are for reading this book, I think it is extremely entertaining if you enjoy biographies.


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