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Pharmaceutics is the study of the composition and production of medicinal ingredients. It focuses on the identification of plants and substances used in medicine, the detection of contaminations, the analysis of medical effects, the composition of prescription drugs, as well as the production of drugs from medicinal ingredients. Chinese pharmaceutics have included all of these aspects since pre-historic times. The traditional pool of drugs includes herbal, mineral, animal (even human), and artificial substances. Exact…

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Unschuld, Ulrike, “Pharmaceutics”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of China, Managing Editor English Edition: Daniel Leese. Consulted online on 01 February 2023 <>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004168633, 20121018

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