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PRINTED BY C. WHITING, BEAUFORT buildings, strand.

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THE first number of this Journal was printed for the purpose circulating information respecting the nature and objects of the PHARMACEUTICAL SOCIETY, and it contained merely the papers read at two of the scientific meetings.

In a notice on the cover, the Editor solicited the support and assistance of his friends in the supply of scientific articles, and signified his intention of continuing the periodical publication of the TRANSACTIONS, until he should be in a position to "propose the establishment of a Monthly or Quarterly Journal of Pharmacy."

Six numbers having been projected as an experiment, and the encouragement given to the work by scientific contributors and correspondents, having thus far exceeded the expectations with which it was undertaken, the present title, PHarmaceutical JOURNAL AND TRANSACTIONS, was adopted.

The influx of scientific papers, and various communications from correspondents on subjects relating to the Society, had by this time increased to such an extent, that it was found difficult to restrict the dimensions of each number within the prescribed limits.

The advantage resulting from a periodical interchange of ideas among the Members of the Society became so obvious, that all doubt as to the practicability of maintaining a Journal of Pharmacy was at an end. It, in fact, became a matter of surprise that no work of this kind had previously been undertaken, and we were congratulated by our correspondents in other countries on the establishment of so useful a medium of scientific communication.

Up to the present time the supply of materials continues to increase, and the reception which the Journal has met with, both in the Society and elsewhere, affords every encouragement to perseverance in the undertaking.

Mr. REDWOOD has, from the commencement, performed the office of sub-editor; and the aid of his valuable services is gratefully acknowledged. Acknowledgments are also especially due to those professors and medical men, as well as to members of the Society, who have favoured us with scientific papers and lectures, which have contributed, in an eminent degree, to give value to the Journal and promote the success of the Society.

In the arrangement which has been adopted, it is important to observe, that the TRANSACTIONS OF THE PHARMACEUTICAL SOCIETY form a distinct portion of each number, and contain those official proceedings which have had the sanction of the Council. The remainder of the Journal consists generally of a leading article, original communications or scientific papers, letters from correspondents, extracts from foreign journals, reviews, and any incidental information which is likely to possess general interest.

HISTORICAL SKETCH

OF THE

PROGRESS OF PHARMACY

IN GREAT BRITAIN,

FROM THE TIME OF

ITS PARTIAL SEPARATION FROM THE PRACTICE OF MEDICINE

UNTIL

THE ESTABLISHMENT OF

THE PHARMACEUTICAL SOCIETY.

INTENDED AS

AN INTRODUCTION

TO

THE PHARMACEUTICAL JOURNAL.

BY

JACOB BELL.

LONDON:

JOHN CHURCHILL,

PRINCES STREET, SOHO;

MACLACHLAN & STEWART, EDINBURGH; & FANNIN & Co., DUBLIN.

C. WHITING, BEAUFORT HOUSE, STRAND, LONDON.

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