Drugs in the Scriptures 3 Poster Set for Pharmacy Windows



Drugs in the Scriptures 3 Poster Set for Pharmacy Windows


Set of three posters for pharmacy windows titled "Drugs in the Scriptures" printed in 1957. These "ethical displays" were designed and written by Frank Pinchak, a pharmacist from Paterson, New Jersey. Published by his company Professional Advancement Plan, Pinchak sold the posters to pharmacists around the country. He donated the posters to the American Institute of the History of Pharmacy in 2013. The main poster reads: "Drugs in the Scriptures. Many drugs mentioned in the old and new testaments of the Bible have been improved on by medical science and are still in use by your pharmacist in compounding prescriptions. Aloes - used by Egyptians for their high art of embalming. Almond - used as a pleasant oil and flavoring for medicines. Saffron - used for coloring, flavoring and as a scent. Coriander - aromatic drug used in Biblical times as a condiment and a medicine." Side poster #1 reads: "Mandrake - the root of this plant provides what may be the oldest hypnotic known to man, having marked cathartic powers and referred to in ancient medicines. Your pharmacist knows it as "podophyllum." And Reuben went in the day of harvest and found mandrakes in the field. Genesis 30:14." Side poster #2 reads: "Myrrh - a gum and resin produced from the myrrh tree. - Still in use as an official drug for its healing, cleansing and protective properties. Used by the Hebrews as an ingredient of the holy oil and as a scent. ...and thy garments smell of myrrh, aloes and cinnamon. Proverbs 45:8."




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Image copyright Brian Silverstein, 2008.






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Pinchak, Seymore Francis (Frank), 1922-2014, “Drugs in the Scriptures 3 Poster Set for Pharmacy Windows,” American Institute of the History of Pharmacy Digital Collection, accessed September 30, 2022, https://aihp.omeka.net/items/show/239.