The pharmacy and pharmacist at the Black Country Museum Dudley,UK
The word pharmacy is derived from its root word pharma which was a term used since the 15th–17th centuries. However, the original Greek roots from “Pharmakos” imply sorcery or even poison.
In addition to pharma responsibilities, the pharma offered general medical advice and a range of services that are now performed solely by other specialist practitioners, such as surgery and midwifery.
This shop is a replica of Mr Harold Emile Doo’s shop in Halesowen Road, Netherton.The shop front is original, acquired when the premises were modernised in 1979, as are the fittings and early 1920’s stock, donated by the Doo family.It was common in those days for a chemist to make his own remedies and Mr Doo had a considerable reputation locally for his home made medicines and pills. A fascinating range of early twentieth century cosmetics are displayed in the original mahogany cabinets.
The shop lay untouched from 1968 to 1973, when the fittings and stock were donated to The Black Country Living Museum
Permission to photograph was granted on the condition that pictures were not offered for sale