Harold Williamson to speak on the History of the Dept. of Pharmacology


The University of Iowa History of Mediciine Society invites you to hear:  Harold Williamson speak on The History of the Dept. of Phamacology at the Univ. of Iowa.  Thurs. Sept. 27, 5:30-6:30, Room 401 Hardin Library.

Learn about the first 100 years of the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Iowa. The department traces its origins to 1870, when Dr. Philo Judson Farnsworth was appointed to the chair of materia medica, the name of the first offering on drugs. The first two heads of the department (Drs. Farnsworth and Chase) were practicing physicians in Iowa. During their tenure the presentation of drugs moved from materia medica to pharmacology. Beginning with the third head of the department (Dr. Plant), appointments were made to those who had extensive experimental training and research became prominent.