By Diarmuid Jeffreys
In the course of the global we pop greater than two hundred billion of those little white capsules each year. Aspirin is efficacious not just opposed to daily diseases, comparable to complications and fever, but additionally as a preventative remedy for center assaults, strokes, or even a few kinds of cancers. upload to this its beneficiary position in a number of different stipulations from Alzheimer's to gum disorder, and you have got a drugs of extraordinary significance to humanity, let alone titanic enterprise. but until eventually 1971 we didn't even understand how Aspirin labored. during this attention-grabbing and informative publication Diarmuid Jeffreys follows the extraordinary and dramatic tale of the drug from its origins in historical Egypt, via its business improvement on the finish of the 19th century and its key function within the nice flu pandemic of 1918 to its next exploitation by means of the pharmaceutical conglomerates.
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