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The Physician as the Pharmacist's Employee

Paul U. Unschuld

in What Is Medicine?

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9780520257658
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520944701 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520257658.003.0049
The Physician as the Pharmacist's Employee

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Every apothecary in China has employed physicians, if the pharmacist is not active as a physician. The patients go directly to the apothecary so it is natural that physicians also locate themselves there. The apothecary has physicians diagnose the patients and write out prescriptions. Working in the apothecary as an employee of the pharmacist, examining patients and writing prescriptions, was still better than having no patients at all. There were also plenty of successful physicians who established themselves so that that they could work independently. Pharmacology means that people thought about how pharmaceutics could be incorporated into the doctrines of yin-yang and the five agents, to explain their effects in the organism. It is not the same as saying that a single pharmacology was created.

Keywords: pharmacology; pharmaceutics; doctrines of yin-yang; five agents; pharmaceutical drugs

Chapter.  685 words. 

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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