Saturday, July 26, 2014

Just Some Old Books

On Friday, my mom and I went antiquing at the Knitting Mill, and before we had gone through a handful of booths, I found some treasures.

There were just a few books stashed in a planter (weird, I know) along a wall, and the title of one caught my eye...

The National Formulary still exists, so I am familiar with it to an extent, but in 1950, pharmacy was very different.  I flipped through the pages and was captivated.  There are so many compounding formulas (which, as a compounding pharmacist, I love!) in the first section; some of the components are at least related to drugs we use today...

As in capsaicin
Related to phenobarbital & pentobarbital
An oldie but goodie- commonly used for poison ivy
Ever heard of Senokot?
(I love the places it talks about "packaging and storage.")

Many antipsychotics are chemically related to phenothiazine

Still in many cough syrups
...and some are not-so-much used anymore...

Who thought this was a good idea?
There are also bacteria-staining methods...

...and diagrams that remind me of organic chemistry lab (I could live without a reminder of that season of life)...

There is a name in the front cover...

...and because I'm nosey, I googled it.  He was a compounding pharmacist who owned a couple different pharmacies in the Chattanooga area, and I'm guessing he was about my age when this book was published.

This may be one of my favorite finds. Ever.

The next book in the planter... an alphabetical list and explanation of everything in the human body (still in publication today).

There are some pretty amazing illustrations...

(I gave this book to my sister-in-law, who is starting medical school in a few weeks.)

The last book...

...made me miss studying French.

Maybe I'll brush up on weird verb tenses.
Or maybe not.

I can't believe these were hiding in a planter! They will be perfect for the built-ins in the den.

Happy weekend!

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