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Victorian Pharmacy Remedies and Recipes [Hardcover]

Ruth Goodman , Jane Eastoe
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15 July 2010
Many of the products on sale today in our high street chemist can trace their origins back to Victorian formulations. Sun cream lotion, treatments for insomnia, dandruff, warts and perfumes are all as relevant today as they were 100 years ago. In this fascinating series, historian Ruth Goodman looks at what was on offer and whether these remedies and recipes were and are still effective. Providing hints, tips, recipes and fascinating historical background, this book shows how many traditional remedies are still in use and how we can make some ourselves. This is also the story of the growth of the high street chemist - how Jesse Boots began with one store in Nottingham in 1849 and went on to have over 250 outlets. Stocking thousands of items, including cleaning products, cosmetics, optical and electrical equipment, as well as medicines and herbal remedies, we have come to rely on these dispensaries of family healthcare.

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  • Hardcover: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Pavilion; First Edition edition (15 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1862058903
  • ISBN-13: 978-1862058903
  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 18 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 104,712 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jane has been an author and journalist for over 25 years. She worked for several years for the fashion business press, reviewing the international collections and interviewing designers from Galliano to Gaultier. A move from urban to country life saw her develop her interest in plants, flowers, herbs and fruit and foraging for wild food. Jane is passionate about the countryside and exploring the British Landscape.She is fascinated by history and has been able to combine her varied interests in some of her many books, several of which were linked to television series. Jane's books have won a number of awards: Britain by Bike was voted the Hay Festival/National Trust Outdoors Book of the Year 2011, The Best British Book and The Book of the Year at The British Book Design and Production Awards 2010.The Good Housekeeping Organic Cookbook won the Best Organic Book 2001 at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards.

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About the Author

Jane Eastoe has been a journalist and author for 25 years and a garden designer and horticulturalist for 15 years. She is the chief contributor to the National Trust Book of the Countryside. Her interest in organic living developed as a response to the diverse demands of family life. She is a keen gardener and her passion for chickens began five years ago with the purchase of two pullets. Her books include Wild Food, and Fabulous Frocks.

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5.0 out of 5 stars interesting and informative 9 Aug 2010
By Pat B
heard the author on BBC London Radio/Robert Elms and was really curious - both about the book as well as the tv series. Jane talked about poisons & medicines & all things herbal and weird & wonderful! Have been watching the tv programme and reading through the book and it's a lovely put together package. Some really interesting recipes in the book - not ones that I would think that i'll need to make (too reliant on modern day medicine) but they seem really quirky and fun.
Have had fun reading this & seeing the stars on tv. Already looking forward to Ruth Goodman's next installment in Edwardian Farm this Christmas!
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5.0 out of 5 stars old memories - come home !! 25 Aug 2010
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As a retired Chemiist this book and the programme bought back memories and a few giggles of cleaning carboys and making suppositories - oh boy those were the days... It's a wonderful book I love it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Victorian pleasure! 23 Aug 2010
By Deb69
This is a most interesting and informative book, which anyone who has an interest in medicines and the Victorian era will enjoy reading. There are also recipes dotted throughout, for anyone brave enough to try them! Though whether you can still get some of the ingredients is another matter!!!
A good all round book and well written.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Hattie
I've really got into the series, and after enjoying it so much, decided to buy the book last week. Anyone who thinks that the book is just made as a tv add-on is mistaken, the book is cleverly written and often very amusing, and so compliments the series perfectly! I would recommend this highly, not only to those interested in the victorian era or in the discovery of medicines, but to anybody who fancies lightly learning something new and laughing a little on the way!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By S. Owen
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My daughter is studying Medicine Through Time for GCSE for this era, so I thought this book would be an interesting starting point, even though we missed the series. We have been reading it together and have found it has held our interest well. Some of the recipes included are entertainingly dangerous (with obvious warnings not to try them, although obtaining the ingredients would be unlikely) and sit alongside some interesting (safer) recipes which could be used today.
We have ordered the DVD. Despite getting it for study, it is a book I would have been glad to read anyway.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Victorian Pharmacy 28 Aug 2010
Excellent value, very informative with attractive layout. It compliments well the BBC TV Series upon which the book was based but adds helpful lists of remedies and recipes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jukebox 23 15 Dec 2013
By Belinda
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Bought for my daughter for part of her Christmas box - excellent value for money, very fast delivery - What's not to like!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Victorian Pharmacy remedies 4 Jun 2013
By Jaleva
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I watched the series and enjoyed them so much. It really brings home that there is something medicinal in everything that grows. In Victorian times they had to make use of what was available unlike today where people can just go to the local chemist. A well written book to enjoy and keep as a reference book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
I bought this book after watching, and being fascinated by the BBC series Victorian Pharmacy. I'm surprised that Victorian pharmacists didn't kill more people than they did!
Published 14 months ago by Mr. M. W. Wabe
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book like i have had with the farm series that she helped create, if ruth ever brought out another book i would defenatly buy it, shame about the... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Abbi G
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
This book I am told is wonderful, I bought it for my father-in-law and he tells me that it is full of little remedies and follows closely to the TV series. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Helen
5.0 out of 5 stars Victorian Pharmacy
Very good book to go with BBC series on same subject; bought it to remind me of how pharmacies developed.
Published 17 months ago by Lorraine
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Fascinating Book
The Victorian Pharmacy is a book that will hold the reader's interest from beginning to end. It is full of information re the medications of out great, great grandparents' day;... Read more
Published on 6 Jun 2012 by Mollie Lyons
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating book
Bought this delightful, well researched and fascinating book for a malady-obsessed, hypochondriac in-law. I hope she gets lots of new talking points from it.
Published on 22 Dec 2011 by P. G. Pirrie-weir
5.0 out of 5 stars Brought back memories of GCSE History!
Last year I was studying GCSE medicine through time, and this brought back plenty of memories! Although the title suggests this book is all about medicine in the victorian era,... Read more
Published on 17 July 2011 by Emily
3.0 out of 5 stars Get a better proofreader
An interesting read, marred by many grammatical and spelling errors (I'm not referring to the historical extracts). Read more
Published on 9 Feb 2011 by Stargazer
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic account of Victorian Practices of the Era
This book is fantastic, it combines the history of the Victorian Pharmacy practices with a practical amount of knowledge also emparted in the process, safe recipies for the reader... Read more
Published on 4 Jan 2011 by Adele Pavement
4.0 out of 5 stars Victorian Parmacy
An excellent companion to the BBC series for anyone interested in how medicines and pills and potions were made.
Published on 16 Sep 2010 by Mrs. G. H. Moore
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