Chemistry, Pharmacy and Revolution in France, 1777-1809

Chemistry, Pharmacy and Revolution in France, 1777-1809

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The story of the chemical revolution has usually been told by focusing on the small group of French chemists who championed Lavoisier's oxygen theory, or else his opponents. Such a perspective emphasises competing theories and interpretations of critical experiments. In contrast, this study traces the tradition of pharmacy as a professional pursuit that relied on chemical techniques to prepare medicines, and shows how one of the central elements of the chemical revolution was the more or less conscious disassociation of the new chemistry from this ancient chemical art.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781409479567
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Ltd
Publication date: 05/28/2013
Series: Science, Technology and Culture, 1700-1945
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Dr Simon currently teaches at Département d’Histoire et de la Philosophie des Sciences de la Vie et de la Santé, Université Louis Pasteur, 4 rue Kirschleger, 67000, Strasbourg, France.

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction: Pharmacy and the chemical revolution; From artisan to scientist: the creation and rise of the French pharmacist; From pharmacy to 'philosophical chemistry': Glaser, Lemery, Venel, Macquer and Lavoisier; The new chemistry: Fourcroy, pharmacy and revolution; The new pharmacy: the first generation of chemical pharmacists; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.

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