How Aspirin Entered Our Medicine Cabinet by Steven M. Rooney, J.N. Campbell

By Steven M. Rooney, J.N. Campbell

This short lines the tale of 1 of our most typical medications – aspirin. On a trip concerning technological know-how, varied characters, shady enterprise offers, cutting edge ads and strong outdated good fortune, Rooney and Campbell describe how aspirin was once constructed and advertised on an international scale. beginning in the beginning of the 20 th century, the authors clarify using aspirin throughout the First international warfare, the improvement of festival medicines resembling ibuprofen through the interwar years, and the applying of aspirin to middle sickness within the Fifties and Sixties. On a broader point, Rooney and Campbell exhibit that the improvement of America’s glossy prescribed drugs was once a posh weaving of chemistry and mass tradition. They argue that aspirin’s tale presents the way to comprehend the appliance of complicated chemical formulation in scientific effects. This short is of curiosity to historians of chemistry and medication in addition to the final informed reader.

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They believed that tar products were harmful to the immune system, a common argument against aspirin during the period, and the high-level dosages were thought to be unsafe. Using herbal remedies such as Gelsemium, Rhys Fox, and Eupatorium, homeopaths combined these substances into what at the time was becoming non-traditional remedies for the flu. Homeopathic treatments have gone in and out of fashion since 1920. The point is not that the numbers that are provided are bogus as far as treatment successes.

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11 A later version of the design of the Bayer’s aspirin tin can be found in Fig. 1. 12 In 1913 the Ford Model T dropped in price from $950 to $600, which was still more money than the average American family earned annually. But momentum was building. Historians estimate that despite the onset of the Depression as many as half of the thirty million households had access to a car by 1930. For a comprehensive study of Ford see, Brinkley [27]. 26 3 Aspirin and the Medicine Cabinet, Part I Fig. 2 Bayer Aspirin advertisement, Albuquerque Journal, 9 May 1917 (Photos courtesy of Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers Library of Congress) Pacific [6].

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