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According to British journalist Jeffreys' well-documented book, aspirin was born a little more than 100 years ago. That is, the word aspirin was coined in 1899 as a label for a new product, acetylsalicylic acid, manufactured by the German textile dye and pharmaceutical company Bayer. The concoction had been a known pain and fever reliever for well more than 6,000 years, but it took Bayer, which would eventually lose control of its baby in America for more than 75 years, to create the very first drug that owed its existence to a commercial rather than a scientific or medical ethic. Yes, aspirin was the earliest offspring of the increasingly uncomfortable yet wildly profitable marriage of medicine and commerce. What with Americans knocking back about 80 billion (yes, billion) 300 mg aspirin tablets a year, to say nothing of even more billions taken throughout the rest of the world, the story of this little white pill makes fascinating reading. Besides the drug's widely known medical applications for pain and fever relief, heart attack and stroke prevention, and more, its colorful history includes drama, pathos, plot twists, humor, intrigue and even a handful of scurrilous and despicable characters. Donna Chavez
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ISBN-10:  1582343861
ISBN-13:  978-1582343860
Author:  Diarmuid Jeffreys
Genre:  Medicine
Date Published:  August 26, 2004
Format:  Hardcover
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review by . February 14, 2011
Many more twists and turns than I expected.
As the title suggests, this is indeed a remarkable tale that unfolds over a period of some 3000 years. In "Aspirin: The Remarkable Story of A Wonder Drug" British author Diarmuid Jeffreys has given us an extremely well written and spellbinding account of the emergence of that little white pill that so many of us seem to take for granted.      The story of aspirin has its origins in ancient Egypt. The Ebers papyrus, an amazing 110 page document unearthed in 1858, is …
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