Once upon a time a pharmacy was a small place with a cosy yet patrician air, where the all-knowing master of medicine would dispense pills, mix potions and generally perform the offices of a scientific shaman. However, in recent years the nature of the trade has undergone a profound transformation and the majority of these establishments now provide a wide range of health services, including off-the-shelf medicines for minor ailments, prophylactic products and such lifestyle items as cosmetics and health foods. These developments are reflected in modern designs for pharmacy buildings. The homely feel of the past has largely vanished - modern stores are still welcoming but in a more efficient, commercial and brightly lit way. This book presents a variety of such projects, comprehensively illustrated with over 300 photos and plans. There are also experts' thoughts on such topics as interior architecture, building expenses and the basics of planning laws as applied to these buildings.