The earliest records of the practice of apothecary date back to ANCIENT BABYLON in 2600 BC. Medical texts documenting symptoms, prescriptions and instructions for compounding were found on clay tablets. Throughout the centuries, apothecary shops existed and the apothecary gained the status of a skilled practitioner; offering medical advice, surgery, midwifery, and creating their own measuring system.
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A safe and effective way of maintaining, storing and dispensing these medicines was needed, as PERSONAL HEALTH AND WELL-BEING ARE VITAL. Clear glass jars were used to store ingredients, herbs, tonics and medicines. The vessels were typically plain and clear glass (sometimes frosted), or amber in color to protect the contents from light. Not intended for decoration, these functional jars were meant for storage to hold the contents safely. Shapes and sizes varied. Jars were used to display contents, as well as filled with colored liquids to advise the public of health alert situations.While Apothecaries mainly prepared and sold substances for medicinal purposes, at one time they also sold wine, spices and herbs. Prescriptions and tonics were CREATED FOR THE UNIQUE NEEDS OF THE INDIVIDUALS. Ancient Wisdoms and Old World Remedies were embraced, practiced and preferred. But with the introduction of the current institutional form of the medical professions and newly defined roles for physicians and surgeons, the role of the apothecary became regarded as pharmacists. Standardization replaced individualization.
Ancient Wisdoms and Old World Remedies were embraced, practiced and preferred.
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