Welcome to a Guided Tour of the History of Pharmacy and Drug Discovery.
Patent Medicines, Nostrums, Elixirs and Tonics:
During my time on faculty in the College of Pharmacy at the University of Texas at Austin, I taught a freshman signature course, “From Herbs to Drugs.” The students in this class would each choose a unique artifact from the large collection of furniture, bottles, tins, canisters, and other items on display in the PHR. These items have been graciously donated to the college by alumni, friends, and colleagues and represent a unique collection of items from independent Texas pharmacies of the late-19th to mid-20th centuries. Students independently conducted research on the history, significance, and historical uses of these artifacts. Here pictures of these items are accompanied by brief descriptions written by these students based upon their research.
-Sean M. Kerwin, PhD