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The Accademia Italiana di Storia della Farmacia is pleased to invite you to Milan from 7 to 10 September 2022 for the 45th International Congress for the History of Pharmacy.
Milan, a city rich in history, culture, art and fashion, will welcome you with the utmost hospitality.
One of the primary objectives of the World Health Organization is the “attainment of the highest possible level of health”, defined as “a state of total physical, mental and social well-being and not just the absence of disease or infirmity”.

For this reason, the proposed theme is:


The link with Milan is the “Prospectus Pharmaceuticus” by G.O. Castiglioni (Milan 1668), which is almost certainly the first Official Pharmacopoeia in the world that devotes a specific chapter to topical cosmetic preparations. The legislator proposed to regulate the commonly used preparations, considering them unsafe for side effects. He established that the pharmacy, managed by a trained and rigorous professional such as the apothecary, was the most appropriate place for their preparation. The publication on the Official Pharmacopoeia made cosmetic preparations important and comparable to a medicine. Hence the close link between cosmetics and pharmacy.
It will be possible to receive contributions regarding preventive medicine, the world of cosmetics, the art of perfumery, of hygienic and thermal products and everything that concerns the care of the individual and that contributes to achieving and maintaining health, a collective goal that must be pursued today at the highest level and with the greatest effort by every nation.
We would also be pleased to welcome free-topic contributions on the history of pharmacy.
We hope that this 45th edition of the International Congress will provide an opportunity for all participants to enrich their knowledge and build or strengthen worthwhile links with pharmacy historians from all over the world.

Angelo Beccarelli
President of Accademia Italiana di Storia della Farmacia