Twenty Years of Commitment to Pharmacy Scholarship


Twenty Years of Commitment to Pharmacy Scholarship


Promotional 17th century Delft reproduction ceramic pill tile produced by the Burroughs, Wellcome & Co. for their Pharmacy Scholarship Program. The front of the tile depicts the inside of the apothecary showing the jars and drawers holding the medicine ingredients. The top of the tile depicts unicorns flanking a banner that reads "Twenty Years of Commitment to Pharmacy Scholarship." The following description is glued to the back of the tile on a piece of paper. "The social and professional position of the pharmacist in most parts of Europe during the 17th century was highly regarded. Stringent educational requirements were demanded from the pharmacist which progressively became more rigorous. An apprenticeship took a minimum of 5-7 years and evolved into an elaborate progression of examinations. Special training internships and specialized certifications for clinical laboratory analyses as well as "community practice" were required. The guilds limited the number of apprenticeships and sometimes imposed considerable apprentice fees. Other regulations frequently limited the number of apothecary shops in a particular town and imposed a stipulated distance between any two stores. The franchise was often passed on from father to son, and it was not unlikely that pharmacies were in family hands for more than 100 years. The depiction on this tile is a miniature pharmacy from the School of Pharmacology in Deflt, Holland. It is an exact replica from which the pharmacist's apprentice would be tested on his knowledge of various herbal remedies. This tile was especially created and handcrafted in Delft, Holland, in Commemoration of the Twentieth Anniversary of Burroughs, Wellcome & Co. and its commitment to the Pharmacy Scholarship Program. (BW-Y04856)."



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Burroughs, Wellcome & Co., “Twenty Years of Commitment to Pharmacy Scholarship,” American Institute of the History of Pharmacy Digital Collection, accessed December 3, 2023,