Medicines and history

Gouda, one of the most historical, quite, and even romantic cities in the Netherlands, is not only about cheese and everything related to it! Somewhat by accident, I spotted there a nice small National Pharmaceutical Museum

There I learnt that those strange looking scary heads that are still looking at the pedestrians from the facades of the buildings in the old part of the Netherlands are directly related to the pharmacies. They were sort of a pharmacy sign that attract attention of the clients. Well, definitely they attracted mine! 

Here you can learn the history of use and users of medicines starting from the 16th century up until present day. Just imaging that all of the drugs ordered at that time were handmade. Among products such as Valeriana and Vaseline things like coffee, tea, or tobacco were also part of the assortment. At that time there were considered to be medicine. Well, on this note let me step out for a moment to have a therapeutically session with my espresso machine! J  

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