Category Archives: Pharmacy

Fatal Beauty: An Exhibit

The HSHSL’s Historical Collections is home to the Pharmacy Historical Book Collection, which includes influential pharmacy and medical texts, dispensatories, pharmacopoeias, botanicals, and herbals from around the world dating from the seventeenth to twentieth centuries. Fatal Beauty, an exhibit in … Continue reading

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Access Pharmacy Available at the HSHSL

The Health Sciences and Human Services Library now has access to Access Pharmacy! This resource provides online access to 29 titles for pharmacy education. It also includes lab tests, calculators, and organ system quizzes. Users can select a core curriculum … Continue reading

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4th Annual Flu Shot Clinic at the HSHSL!

It’s time once again to protect yourself and your loved ones from the flu. As in the past, the HSHSL and School of Pharmacy are partnering with Walgreens to offer flu shots, by appointment only, to UMB campus employees and … Continue reading

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First Women of the University of Maryland, Baltimore

In March 2020, before UMB entered into mandatory telework due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the HSHSL installed an exhibit called First Women of the University of Maryland, Baltimore. As the title suggests, the exhibit highlighted the first women—first graduates, deans, etc.—of UMB. Unfortunately, the exhibit was installed a mere two weeks before the library shut down and was taken down before the library reopened in the fall; therefore, few people had the opportunity to view the exhibit. This blog post recreates the exhibit’s literature and photographs. Continue reading

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A Brief History of UMB African American Student Organizations

As Black History Month 2021 draws to a close, the Historical Collections in the HSHSL could not let the month past without looking back on UMB’s African American history. The following highlights a few of the many student organizations throughout UMB’s history in an attempt to acknowledge the work of many to make our campus more inclusive and diverse. Continue reading

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Common Holiday Spices, Flavors, and Nuts and their Traditional Medicinal Qualities

The holiday and winter seasons have common ingredients, usually with bold, warming flavors.  The holiday bread, cookie, and cake recipes call for spices and flavorings like nutmeg, ginger, vanilla, and clove or nuts like walnuts and almonds.  Historically however, these ingredients were prescribed for a variety of ailments in botanicals and herbals. Continue reading

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A Look at Winter Fruits and their Medicinal Qualities from Select Historical Botanicals

Lemons, oranges, pomegranates, these are all fruits associated with winter and the holiday season.  Today we eat them as desserts or in desserts or in cocktails.  These fruits bring a sense of freshness to the winter months. While today these fruits are important for a balanced and flavorful diet; in the 17th through the early 19th centuries, these fruits were often prescribed in botanicals for a variety of medicinal purposes.  Botanicals are a form of book published to illustrate plant species and their medicinal value. The HSHSL’s Historical Collections Department is home to a large collection of Botanicals as part of our historic Pharmacy Collection. These volumes were used by the early UMB schools to teach pharmacists and doctors the value of plants for medicinal purposes. Continue reading

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1920: A Look back at the School of Pharmacy 100 Years ago

When the 1920 merger between the University of Maryland (Baltimore) and the Maryland State Agricultural School (College Park) occurred the Department of Pharmacy became the School of Pharmacy. Like many of the schools in the University, the School of Pharmacy was coming off a low period in terms of admissions and graduates because of World War I. At commencement in May 1920 only 16 pharmacists graduated. Continue reading

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Sign up now! Third Annual Flu Shot Clinic at the HS/HSL

Flu shots will be available (by appointment only) to UMB faculty, staff and students* on Tuesday, Oct. 13 from Noon to 4:00 pm and on Wednesday, Oct. 14 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm in the Weiss Gallery on the first floor of the Library.   Continue reading

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UMB in WWII: the classes of 1943M and 1943D

On March 26, Dr. Bruce Jarrell, the University of Maryland Baltimore’s (UMB) Interim President, released a video to the Class of 2020.  In the video, Dr. Jarrell, refers to the uniqueness of the 1943 School of Medicine graduating classes and how they had to overcome unusual circumstances surrounding World War II.  World War II began in September 1939, with Germany’s invasion of Poland; however, the United States did not officially become involved in the conflict until after Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941. Continue reading

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