The Apothecary's Assistant

Olena Sullivan


Grainy images of potions and elixirs from an old apothecary’s shop evoke a time long before modern pharmaceuticals, when herbal medicines shared the shelf with tinctures and morphine was used to treat burns and help during childbirth. The local apothecary was part medical advisor, medicinal dispenser and occasionally, surgeon and midwife. Their work with herbal and chemical ingredients in these tinctures and potions are regarded as the precursor of modern chemistry and pharmacology. 

Curated by Doug Killaly