2002 Folia Pharm. Univ. Carol. 27—28 Pag. 53—57

Dr. Chem. PhMr. František Kaska, a Czech Pharmacist in the Expedition of Maxmilian Habsburg to Mexico

Hubert Žáček1, Pavla Žáčková2 (zackova@faf.cuni.cz)

1Department of Pharmaceutical Technology,
2Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology,
Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Pharmacy in Hradec Králové, Czech Republic


The historical typology of pharmaceutical personalities is considered in which two types are distinguished, i. e., the pragmatic type and the intellectual one. The essences of both types are explained. By the example of Dr. Chem. PhMr. František Kaska (born 1834 in Horažďovice), the intellectual type of pharmaceutical personality is presented. Dr. Kaska was military pharmacist in the expedition corps of the Austrian Maxmilian Habsburg (brother of Franz-Joseph I) to Mexico. He was a highly esteemed personality in the Austrian society in Mexico. In the history of pharmacy, he excelled especially as collector of historically valuable objects which he dedicated to the National Museum in Prague.