2023, Volume 5


Dana Mircia, Ph.D. Candidate, George Emil Palade University of Medicine, Pharmacy, Sciences and Technology of Târgu Mureș , Romania


Medicine and pharmacy – which are connected not only with the positive sciences but also with art, literature and philosophy – enjoy a prodigious past. Knowledge of the history of medicine and pharmacy does not only mean giving us an addition of brilliance, and of nobility. It cannot be just an intellectual exercise, not even an acquisition of the certainty of belonging to a borderline-profession between science and art, which fully contributed to the progress of civilization but, following the aphorism – Historia Magistra Vitae – knowing the past of that profession offers ideas for present and future. The process of modernization of the Romanian health system has undergone a long evolution over 100 years. With the general reform and organization of health legislation, it has become a necessity to standardize the art of preparing
medicines and selling them. The sanitary legislation provided in turn the way of setting up pharmacies, the superior training of pharmacists, laws meant to rationalize the consumption of medicines, the regulation of the selling price of medicines. The foundation of the first schools in the field of health, of the first medicine universities led to the collaboration of a large number of specialists in the field of health, which has as a concrete result the elaboration of the first Pharmacopoeia.
The main research topics of the paper are: when and how they appear in our historiography, the concerns related to the history of pharmacy; who were the authors concerned with this subject; if the works are addressed to the academic environment or to the general public. Whether the authors resorted to foreign historiographical models or relied more on internal documents and where this historiographical subject is with us compared to similar Western historiography.

Keywords: University; higher education; pharmacy; knowledge; Târgu Mureș

DOI: 10.2478/amsh-2023-0006

Pages: 101-111

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