Jun 19, 2015
Welcoming Jason Poquette, PharmD to the Pharmacy Podcast
THE HONEST APOTHECARY
The Honest Apothecary is about the profession of
pharmacy, pharmacy careers, pharmacy-related interviews,
and pretty much anything related
to…well….pharmacy. My name is Jason Poquette.
I’m a pharmacist. Welcome to my blog.
Jason calls his site the “Honest”
apothecary. Not that those other
pharmacists are dishonest! We are still, due to no
special efforts on his part, one of the more trusted professions in
society. Jason says that he's personally grateful to the many
blogs being written today. But he chose the word
honest because of Noah Webster’s beautiful definition of honesty in
his dictionary published in 1828: “In principle, an
upright disposition; moral rectitude of heart; a disposition to
conform to justice and correct moral principles in all social
transactions.” and therefore put that word “honest”
not so much before YOUR eyes as a constant reminder of what we
should all strive to be.
Jason goes on to explain that he uses the word
also. Not that he has any problem with the title “pharmacist”.
Pharmacist is fine. But the word apothecary comes from the
Latin “apotheca” meaning,
literally, a “storehouse”. You
see, we spend many years reading, studying and practicing this
profession while in school. Then we graduate and discover that we
only know about 1% of all the available drug knowledge there is to
accumulate. So…we keep reading, studying and learning. All the
while we are “storing” up (apotheca) information,
some of it useful…some obscure. But lo and behold we discover to
our dismay that there is hardly time in the typical workday to
breathe, let alone actually communicate what we have learned. So…a
blog seems like the logical place to turn, and “apothecary” seems to
fit the purpose.