The word ‘apothecary’ is derived from apotheca, meaning a place where wine, spices and herbs were stored.1
In medieval Europe individuals who sold these wines, spices, and herbs would prepare medicines and sell them to physicians and those who were ill. They would even give medical advice.
Apothecaries originally started out in the grocery business and later created guilds. A guild is a group of people with similar interests and skills who would make and sell products together. Sometimes they would join up with doctors but their main job was to supply remedies to the doctors.Continue reading →