Caption: Italian apothecary. 18th-century artwork showing the interior of an apothecary's shop in Italy. An apothecary was the equivalent of a modern pharmacist, dealing in remedies based on herbal medicine, and sold at treatments for various ailments. The ingredients for the remedies are on the shelves in the background. A remedy is being prepared using a pestle and mortar at centre. This artwork is held at the National Historic Museum of the Medical Arts, Rome, Italy.
The apothecary tells the woman not to worry because his assistant never makes mistakes, unaware he has already poisoned himself (right). Apothecaries were the forerunners of pharmacists, mixing and prescribing medicinal drugs. 19th century French engraving.