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Abstract

The Worshipful Society of Apothecaries of London, perhaps unexpectedly given its name, is a City livery company. In late 2007, the Society comprised, in ascending rank, Yeomen (424), Liverymen (1244), the Court of Assistants (23 plus 6 Assistants Emeritus), two Wardens and the Master (these last three being elected annually from amongst the Assistants). By its constitution, 85 per cent of the membership has to belong to the medical professions and includes a number of pharmacists, veterinary surgeons and dentists. The remainder come from various professional backgrounds and there are a few honorary Freemen. [Excerpt].

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