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Revista Cubana de Farmacia

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SEDENO ARGILAGOS, Caridad. Practitioners related to Pharmacy in Cuba up to 1912. Rev Cubana Farm [online]. 2009, vol.43, n.3. ISSN 0034-7515.

In 1842, University of Havana formed the academy of Pharmacy studies. By royal decree, in July 15, 1863 was established a new syllabus in that institution, including aggregate teachings of practitioners or phlebotomy specialists, dentists and midwives. From then was made official the training or Pharmacy practitioner. In the first half of XX century, Cuban pharmacy becames exclusive of the society elite that could to pay the university studies. Besides, training of Pharmacy practitioner was done, which by means independent study of theoretical-practical contents, previous payment of the corresponding registration, could make the pertinent examinations. Logically, access to these types of studies had predominance in young people from middle class. It is important to emphasize the merit of these middle technicians of the profession known as Pharmacy practitioners. Despite that in pharmaceutical activity in that period, there was a predominance of commercial criterion, this staff became in the "physician of poor people" by its contribution in relief of slight health pain of the more dispossessed. During the first years of XX century, the intervening American authorities in Cuba, in 1908 they tried to make academically official the professional exercise of the Pharmacy practitioners, action with the opposition of pharmaceutical graduates and University representative. It favored the drawing up of a new Pharmacy Act, first published in the Official Gazette in February 29, 1912.

Palabras clave : History of Cuban Pharmacy; Pharmacy, neocolonialism.

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