Snowdon Francis Amy

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Snowdon Francis Amy (1916-1979), hospital pharmacist

The son of Philip John Amy and Rosa Le Feuvre, Snowdon Francis Amy was born in St Ouen on 17 March 1916 and attended Les Landes School and Victoria College. He was an apprentice pharmacist at Le Quesne's in St Helier and the General Hospital and then trained at the London University School of Pharmacy, but failed his finals and returned to Jersey.

He and his wife Ethel were on board ship awaiting evacuation in 1940 when they were persuaded by hospital doctors to disembark, because nobody remained in the hospital's pharmacy department.

An article in the Pharmaceutical Journal by Pamela Mason in 1995 records:

"Like his colleagues in the community, Mr Amy had to resort to every tactic possible to keep patients supplied with medicines. Using rust to make an iron preparation and fish livers saved by the local fishermen for a vitamin syrup, he worked long hours, but few challenges were beyond him. When gas anaesthetics ran out, operations were performed with local anaesthetics. A whooping cough epidemic in 1943 was particularly severe, and there was almost nothing to treat it with - nothing except for 'mist.pertussis'. Again prepared by Mr Amy, this mixture consisted of an expectorant, a bromide sedative and belladonna as an antispasmodic. Within a few years a vaccine would be available as well as a wide range of antibiotics, but in 1943 a cough mixture was the best that could be offered."

Mr Amy qualified in Liverpool after the war and worked again at the hospital before acquiring Cheapside Pharmacy. He died in 1970 leaving a son, Robert Francis and a daughter Marie.

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