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    The Top 5 Pharmacist Movies of All Time

    Our list of the best pharmacists ever to appear on the silver screen.


    2. Friar Laurence and the apothecary, Romeo and Juliet

    The real tragedy of Romeo and Juliet is not that high school sophomores are forced to read the tale of a torrid 3-day love affair between two teenagers, but the complete breakdown in the medical systems of old. This is true for every stage version and for all the filmed ones, too.

    If you somehow made it through high school without ever making it through the play, or if you blotted out the memory entirely, the plot of Romeo and Juliet is basically this: Two people from rival families fall in love. Some fights happen, there’s a balcony scene, and a plan is hatched to allow the young lovers to escape. A friar decides that Juliet should fake her death using a potion that he concocts, and he promises to tell Romeo that she’s not actually dead. Juliet “dies,” and everyone is very sad. Romeo never gets the message, and is very sad, so he goes to an apothecary for some poison, which he drinks in Juliet’s crypt. She wakes up, finds him dead on the floor, and decides she too cannot live without him.

    What pharmacists can learn:

    If you haven’t thought about your pharmacy school lately, consider sending them a thank you letter. Maybe the FDA too. If this story is right, pharmacists used to be able to hand out poison to young twenty-somethings without going through any sort of paperwork, and nonmedical professionals could hand out fake death potions to young teenage girls on a whim.

    For all the problems facing the world of pharmacy today, hopefully the ability to recreate a Romeo and Juliet isn’t one of them.

    And it goes without saying, but dispensing vials of poison is always a bad idea.

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    • Anonymous
      I would add "In Old California" with John Wayne.
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