The book of trades; or, Familiar descriptions of the most useful trades, manufactures, and arts practised in England : and the manner in which the workmen perform their various employments.
(undated, inscribed 1829)
The chemist and druggist., p. 30
3o THE CHEMIST AND DRUGGIST. THOUGH the Chemist may be defined the maker of medicines, and the Drug- gist the seller of them, yet they are now generally combined in the same person who provides medicines for the apothecaries. An apothecary (as 4le fre- quently acts like a physician) should know the proper use of medicines and be capable of prescribing. The Chemist and Druggist can only make up prescrip- tions, as he is not authorised to give advice. Chemistry is the science which treats of those events or changes in na- tural bodies, by which new bodies are composed, or compound ones divided: its principal object is, . to ascertain the principles or elements of which bodies are composed, and the laws by which the simple atoms of matter unite toge- tther and form compounds. Formerly the preparations of drugs were divided into two classes, termed chemical and Galenical; but these distinctions are now annulled. The Chemist and Druggist usually makes some of his articles, even if he be only a retailer; he also sells nume- .rous quack medicines which he fuxJs very profitable.
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