WHYY Uncovers Pharmaceutical Treasures at USciences

As the university approaches its bicentennial, SteegeThomson helps USciences shine a light on its unique history

Throughout its nearly-200 year history, the University of the Sciences has accumulated a trove of rare pharmaceutical publications and ephemera. The collection provides a fascinating insight into both the university’s history as the nation’s first school of pharmacy, and the central role it has played in the history of the discipline.

SteegeThomson invited WHYY reporter Peter Crimmins to meet with visiting historian Greg Higby as he surveyed the collection, including 19th century apothecary jars, Prohibition-era prescriptions for alcohol, and one of only two known misprinted, “suppressed” first editions of Pharmacopoeia Londinensis, published by the Royal College of Physicians in 1618. Read Crimmins’ account here.

SteegeThomson also worked with the curator of the Philadelphia International Airport on the “Philadelphia: A Medical HUB Since the 1700s” exhibit, in which USciences and the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy figure prominently. See it through June in Terminal A East.

(Photo: WHYY/Emma Lee)