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THE PHARMA REVIEW (NOVEMBER - DECEMBER 2010)

A Review of the Work of Professor Harkishan Singh

History of Modern Pharmacy in India

 

Ravindernath Kaul

Introduction

Chronicling the medico-pharmaceutical developments of the modern period in India is an attractive subject of study. 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.1 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.

 

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