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American Drugstores

Though the American drugstore eventually developed into a unique combination of apothecary, notion counter, luncheonette, book shop, ice cream parlor, and perfume purveyor (functions which were most often kept under separate roofs by European shopkeepers), the American pharmacist is nevertheless rooted in an ancient tradition. Throughout the centuries, professional druggists have divided their shops into two rooms (as even the modern pharmacy does today): one where the pharmacist meets the public and another where he compounds his formulas away from public view.

From Shirley Abbott, "The National Museum of American History," (New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., Publishers, 1981) 314.

 



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