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A GLIMPSE INTO TURKISH PHARMACEUTICAL HISTORY
2002 / MARCH

In the early 1900s when most medicines were still being produced by hand in laboratories, pharmacist Abdi Ibrahim Barut founded a firm for the manufacture of patent medicines. Called Abdi Ibrahim Müstahzarat-i Ispençiyariye, it was the fifth of its kind in Turkey, after Beþir Kemal, Ethem Pertev, Hasan Rauf and Kanzuk. Production commenced in 1919 with Strengthening Syrup, Excellent Laxative and Bromo-Valerin, and this family firm is today still run by Abdi Ibrahim's grandson, Nezih Barut, himself a pharmacist and chairman of the board. In December last year the company established a museum at its modern factory.

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A GLIMPSE INTO TURKISH PHARMACEUTICAL HISTORY
2002 / MARCH

Many inhabitants of Istanbul will recognise this museum the moment they see it as Halk Eczanesi, a pharmacy which served the people of Heybeliada island from 1903 onwards. The entire shop, including the shop front, clock, cash register and stock of medicines, has been reconstructed in the factory grounds at Hadimköy. Halk Eczanesi was first opened in 1903 by pharmacist Yusuf Süleyman Adali, and later taken over by the Prokoz family, who ran it for the next 40 years, before selling the business to the Gürçays. All the subsequent owners kept the original name over the years.

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A GLIMPSE INTO TURKISH PHARMACEUTICAL HISTORY
2002 / MARCH
When Arslan Gürçay's wife died, he sold the pharmacy, together with its accumulation of medicine packets, spirit lamps, mortars, bottles, autoclaves (sterilisers), tablet making equipment, huge syringes and photographs dating back as far as the 1940s, to the Abdi Ibrahim firm.
Aware of the historic interest of the shop and its contents, Nezih Barut decided to preserve it intact down to the smallest detail, with its door and window, sign, lamps bottles and other original fittings and contents. It was dismantled and transported to Hadimköy, where it was reconstructed as a fascinating glimpse into Turkish pharmaceutical history. The beautiful old bottles and original medicine boxes, many made by firms no longer in existence today, stand on the shelves, just as they did so many decades ago.
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A GLIMPSE INTO TURKISH PHARMACEUTICAL HISTORY
2002 / MARCH

Toxic medicines are kept in the red-painted sections of the cabinets, which although dilapidated from long use, are still marvellous examples of rustic workmanship. Nezih Barut explains that the firm wishes to contribute to the preservation of Turkish pharmaceutical history for future generations, and hopes to extend the collection still further. To visit this fascinating pharmacy museum, call (0212) 272 57 11.

* By Tansel Tuzel

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