Drawings and designs are an essential part of the history of pharmacy. Whether it's imparting knowledge in medieval herbals, stamping their authority on regulations and standards, or promoting their wares in adverts and signs, apothecaries and pharmacists have always understood the value of graphic imagery.

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Pharmaceutical label iwth snakes, a cockeral and a crocodile-like creature
Pharmacy label. Source: Wellcome Collection. Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0).

About the author

Photograph of Julia Nurse

Julia Nurse

Julia is a Collections Researcher at Wellcome Collection with a background in art history. She co-curated the content within the Reading Room and has assisted with content selection for ‘Bedlam’, ‘Electricity: The spark of life’ and ‘Can Graphic Design Save Your Life?’