My pharmacist the witch doctor

Posted: August 13, 2010 in Books, Current events, Politics, Psychology, Religion, Science
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Somebody showed me this in her new pharmacy textbook. It’s from the first main page of  Mosby’s Pharmacy Technician: Principles and Practice, in which a list of terms and definitions for the modern scientific pharmacist are given. Take special note of the last entry–shaman. Is that a term that should have a place  in a modern medical textbook?

Apothecary Latin term for pharmacist

Clinical pharmacist Pharmacis who monitors patient medications in inpatient and some retal settings

Dogma Code of beliefs based on tradition rather than fact

Inpatient pharmacy A pharmacy in a hospital or institutional setting

Outpatient pharmacy Community pharmacies or pharmacies in outpatient hospital settings

Pharmacist Person who dispenses drugs and counsels patients

Pharmacy clerk Person who assists the pharmacist at the front counter of the pharmacy; the person who accepts payment for medications

Pharmacy technician Person who assists pharmacist by filling prescriptions and performing other nondispensing tasks

Protocol Set of standards written by hospital or insurnace company for patient treatment

Shaman Medicine person who holds a high place of honor in a tribe

shaman /’amn/, /’em-/
noun (PL. shamans)
a person regarded as having access to, and influence in, the world of good and evil spirits, especially among some peoples of northern Asia and North America. Typically such people enter a trance state during a ritual, and practise divination and healing

Thesaurus: a medicine woman, healer; witch doctor…


BTW, here are some lyrics to sing while waiting for the shaman to fill your prescription:

I told the witch doctor
I was in love with you
I told the witch doctor
I was in love with you
And then the witch doctor
He told me what to do

He said that

Ooo eee,ooo ah ah ting tang
Walla walla, bing bang
Ooo eee ooo ah ah ting tang
Walla walla bing bang…
Ooo eee ,ooo ah ah ting tang
Walla walla ,bing bang
Ooo eee ooo ah ah ting tang
Walla walla bing bang


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