Monatsh Chem (2017) 148:1557–1568 DOI 10.1007/s00706-017-1985-x REVIEW Analytical chemistry studying historical pharmaceuticals and health care formulations 1 1 2 • • Karel Nesmeˇra´k Karel Kudla´cˇek Jan Babica Received: 28 February 2017 / Accepted: 13 April 2017 / Published online: 4 July 2017 Springer-Verlag Wien 2017 Abstract One of the very attractive applications of ana- Keywords Analysis Degradation Decomposition lytical chemistry is its utilization to reveal and describe the History Medical formulations composition of materials used or manipulated in the past. The ﬁndings provide a picture of the technology, social customs, and other interesting information in the context in Introduction which the analyzed objects were used. Analysis of histor- ical pharmaceutical relics from museum collections or The analysis of historical items or fragments is an attractive archaeological excavations is one of the very interesting application area of analytical chemistry, because the sam- domains of such analysis. This article reviews papers on ple uniqueness needs sophisticated and holistic approach to analysis of pharmaceutical relics from the prehistoric per- obtain results, which provide information about cultural iod up to the twentieth century. The advantages and habits and scientiﬁc and technological knowledge of past prospects of techniques used and methodological
Monatshefte für Chemie - Chemical Monthly – Springer Journals
Published: Jul 4, 2017
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