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The Pharmacist In The Marketplace

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This chapter attempt to place the pharmacist in a commercial-economic context, using a variety of texts that present an outsider's view of the profession. The chapter considers the references to pharmacy and pharmacists, broadly construed, in two types of writings: legal works and popular literature. It discusses the few references to pharmacists scattered throughout a selection of Mamluk-era chronicles and chancery manuals. The chapter describes references to pharmacists in three genres: collections of legal responsa, moralising tracts and manuals for the market inspector. The Mamluk period was, however, one in which popular literature thrived to the extent that the usual boundaries between high and low culture became fluid, almost to the point of disappearance. The Mamluk period was a golden age for the composition not only of chronicles and annals, but of topographies and chancery handbooks.

Keywords: commercial-economic context; Mamluk period; market inspector; pharmacist



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