The Medical Detectives - Aspirin Summary & Analysis

Berton Roueché
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Aspirin Summary and Analysis

The active ingredient in aspirin is salicylic acid and is found in a variety of plant life. Ancient civilizations found many uses for this acid, primarily to reduce pain and inflammation. In 1874, a German scientist discovered a method by which synthetic salicylic acid could be produced. Once used, however, patients often experienced severe stomach problems, and eventually a buffering agent was developed. The new product was then sold to the Bayer Company, which changed the name to "aspirin." Aspirin has continued to be a hugely consumed drug, becoming the most popular of all medicines available the world over. In addition to relief from pain and fever, it is now used to prevent calculus buildup in kidneys.

Aspirin has its dangerous side was well. There are individuals who are allergic to it, and, as well, those who suffer severe, though not fatal...

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