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Boerner (Emil L.) pharmacy manuscript ledger
Biomed.0952  
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Description
This collection consists of an approximately 400 page ledger. Each page contains approximately eight pre-printed prescription forms, as completed in manuscript by local physicians, with the medication filled by Boerner's Pharmacy. The majority of prescriptions are from physicians and apothecary shops throughout Iowa City, with many local practitioners well represented (Dr. E. F. Clapp, Dr. R. W. Hill, Dr. Elizabeth Hess, Dr. C. M. Hobby, T. J. Rigg, Dr. A. E. Rockey, Drs. Shrader & Lytle, J. H. Whetstone, etc.). Also prescriptions are found from veterinarian T. S. Butler who maintained an office in the same building as Boerner's Pharmacy. Boerner also occasionally filled prescriptions written by out of town health care providers for students and visitors to Iowa City from places such as Marshalltown, Iowa and Friendville, Nebraska. Many prescriptions show the price paid by the customer, and among the many medicinal preparations found here include cocaine, morphine sulfate, morphine pills, belladonna, quinine, sarsaparilla syrup, strychnine, etc.A wonderful primary source for pharmacy operation, and medicine use, during the late 19th Century in the U.S. Midwest.
Background
"Emil Boerner was the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy's first Dean and is credited with creation of the modern-day college. He received his early education in Iowa and graduated from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy in 1876. He returned to Iowa to open the Boerner Pharmacy that same year. In 1880, he and the President of the Iowa State Pharmaceutical Association urged UI officials to establish a pharmacy education program. The first class of 12 men and one woman enrolled in 1885, with Boerner serving as its sole faculty member. Students took other courses, such as botany and chemistry, in other University departments. Under Boerner?s leadership, the college moved to the new Hall of Pharmacy and Chemistry on the corner of Dubuque Street and Iowa Avenue in 1891." (Source: University of Iowa College of Pharmacy).
Extent
1 unknown (1 ledger)
Availability
Unprocessed collection. Material is unavailable for access. Please contact Special Collections reference (spec-coll@library.ucla.edu) for more information.