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THE PHARMA REVIEW (JANUARY - FEBRUARY 2011)

Great Men of Indian Pharmacy

Jyotish Chandra Ghosh (1870-1957)

Abstract:
As compared to western countries, pharmacy in India in the twentieth century and before that was in a very underdeveloped state. It needed a long drawn-out struggle to improve its lot. Many professionals have contributed to the development of pharmacy profession in the country. The contributions of some of these luminaries are so remarkable that their works need a special attention. This article profiles the lives and achievements of these great men who have made pharmacy in India.
Introduction:
The history of India shows many systems of medicine existing at the same time, from the Indian Ayurveda and Siddha, and the Unani system from Western Asia, to the new systems brought during European colonization. Today, although traditional systems of medicine continue to be practiced in India with state support, the mainstay of the official public health care system is the internationally recognized system of medical treatment known as allopathic or modern medicine. During British rule the new medical profession became well organized, while pharmacy stood neglected.
The present progress of pharmacy education, the pharmaceutical profession and industrial developments in India is a result of the concentrated efforts of many intellectuals and visionaries of the country who worked tirelessly for the profession. The contributions of some of these distinguished personalities of pharmacy are so great that their names and works need a particular description. I have selected eight names out of the literature of pharmaceutical History of India, who according to me have left a deep impact on building pharmacy education, profession and other aspects of pharmacy in the country. The purpose was to restore these key individuals to their rightful place in the pharmacy history of India. Each one of them in their own way have made significant contributions for the organisation of the profession, development of pharmaceutical education and sciences, industry, statutory control on drugs, pharmacy practice and other spheres of pharmacy. The achievements of these great men of Indian pharmacy and other builders and awareness creators of modern pharmacy have created that illumination, the fruits of which we are enjoying today in the pharmaceutical progress of India.

 

 

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