By Diarmuid Jeffreys
Aspirin is a drug so astonishingly flexible that it might probably relieve your headache, ease your aching limbs, reduce your temperature, and deal with a number of the deadliest human ailments, fighting every thing from middle assaults to melanoma to strokes. And the historical past of the drug is simply as surprising.
Rich in dramatic twists and discoveries, the tale of aspirin starts in historic Egypt, and embraces wars, epidemics, espionage, an Oxfordshire vicar, a forgotten Jewish scientist, the economic Revolution, a standard tree, the Treaty of Versailles, the world's strongest pharmaceutical businesses, Auschwitz, a mercurial advertisements genius, and lots more and plenty extra. Bringing alive a compelling solid of characters in a stunning trip throughout centuries, the writer unearths how probability and layout introduced the drug into being as we all know it on the finish of the 19th century, and the way intrigue, greed, and ambition mixed to make aspirin some of the most commercially winning items of all time.
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Or it could have started with mimicry; born from the observation that a sick animal will seek out and eat a particular plant, or roll in a particular patch of grass. One can imagine how useful such knowledge would be to a hunter on the trail of a weak prey, and it could have been remembered and copied when the hunter himself fell ill. Either way, done enough times (and allowing for all the fatal experiments with poisonous plants that there must have been), many trees, herbs, roots and leaves with healing properties would slowly have been identified.
None of them, of course, is described as a doctor would today. While the document clearly shows that the ancient Egyptians had a rudimentary understanding of the circulatory system and some knowledge of basic anatomy, many of their superstitions, reasoning and treatments are based on concepts that are alien to us. One of the most important of these is the notion of wekhudu. The Egyptian theory was that four elements flowed around the bodily system: blood, air, water and wekhudu — the corrosive leftovers of bodily waste.
By all that I can judge from five years experience of it upon a number of persons, it appears to be a powerful absorbent, astringent and febrifuge in intermittent cases; of the same nature and kind with the Peruvian bark and to have all its properties, though perhaps not always in the same degree. , to be a safe medicine — for I could never perceive the least ill-effects from it, though it had always been given without any preparation of the patient. After five years of successful experiments, Stone wanted to share his remarkable discovery.