Apothecary is one term for a medical professional who formulates and dispenses medical materials to physicians, surgeons, and patients. The modern pharmacist (also colloquially referred to as a chemist in British English) has taken over this role. In some languages and regions, the word "apothecary" is still used to refer to a retail pharmacy or a pharmacist who owns one. Apothecaries' investigation of herbal and chemical ingredients was a precursor to the modern sciences of chemistry and pharmacology. This definition of apothecary should help you well imagine how many wonderful, useful, and other oddities could be displayed within this beautiful cocktail table.