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The School of Pharmacy, University of London

Medicines, Science and Society, 1842-2012

The School of Pharmacy, University of London:  Medicines, Science and Society, 1842-2012 represents the rich history of the University of London School of Pharmacy through numerous color photographs, important advances in the pharmacy profession, cultural milestones, biographies and more. Written in an engaging and authoritative style, this book depicts the chronological history of the school from its establishment in 1842 to the present day with a nod toward its aspirations for the future. By highlighting key periods in the school’s history and showing their connection to the wider world, this book truly commemorates the heritage of the School of Pharmacy and its cutting-edge role in pharmacy innovation, research and education.


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Alumni, staff, and students and the wider pharmacy community, pharmaceutical and educational historians, medical history libraries, educational history libraries and more

Hardbound, 232 Pages

Published: July 2013

Imprint: Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0-12-407665-5


  • "Beautifully presented book at a great price…this book is a joy to read. Not only is it written in a lively and approachable style, but it is attractively designed… I particularly like the book’s attention to chronicling the student experience...Another aspect of the book that impresses me is its detailed account of the long and frustrating struggle for the admission of female students into the school.", December 4, 2013


  • Foreword – HRH Princess Anne

    Chapter 1 – Furnishing the Means of Proper Instruction (1841 – 1861)

    Chapter 2 – The Commencement of a New Era (1862 – 1895)

    Chapter 3 – For the Progress of Science (1896 – 1926)

    Chapter 4 – The Whole Question of the Future – (1927 – 1948)

    Chapter 5 – The "Oldest New Building" in London (1949 – 1960)

    Chapter 6 – Winds of Change (1961 – 1986)

    Chapter 7 – A Precious Institution (1987 – 2012)

    Afterword – Education for the Future

    Appendix – Pharmacy Qualifications and Courses at the School

    Further Reading


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