Victorian Pharmacy

Rediscovering Forgotten Remedies and Recipes
Eastoe, Jane & Ruth Goodman. Victorian Pharmacy: Rediscovering Forgotten Remedies and Recipes. Pavilion, dist. by Trafalgar Square. Jan. 2011. c.224p. illus. bibliog. ISBN 9781862058903. $22.95. MED
This companion to the 2010 BBC television series of the same name also stands alone as an informative, entertaining work on pharmacies and medicines in Victorian England. The book begins by tracing the origins and treatments for diseases prominent in Victorian Britain and the efforts to understand and promote health as the scientific method began to permeate the pharmacists' trade. The text includes recipes for the actual medicines Victorian apothecaries used to treat disease. One of the volume's unique features is the inclusion of numerous vivid photographs providing a real sense of what Victorian pharmacies actually looked like.
VERDICT This entertaining and informative book will appeal to general readers curious about the history of medicine and disease and for those in the trade.
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