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Aspirin: The Remarkable Story of a Wonder Drug

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Diarmuid Jeffreys traces the story of aspirin from the drug's origins in ancient Egypt, through its industrial development at the end of the nineteenth century and its key role in the great flu pandemic of 1918, to its subsequent exploitation by the pharmaceutical conglomerates and the marvelous powers still being discovered today.
Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 5th 2005 by Bloomsbury USA (first published January 1st 2004)
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Haya Ziad
May 29, 2015 Haya Ziad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
لطيف وممتع ،اسلوب كأنه قصصي ويتناول الظروف التي انبثق فيها حمض الساليساليك الاستيلي (الاسبرين)،من وقت الفراعنة إلى امتلاك شركة باير الالمانية حق براءة اختراعه ثم انتزاعه منها ومقاضاتها ،وذكر بعض تفاصيل المحرقة النازية وعلاقتها باتحاد الشركات الكيميائية الالمانية ،وبالطبع ذكر العديد والعديد من العلماء والباحثين الضالعين بمهمة اكتشاف هذا الدواء العجيب الذي يتميز بكثرة استخداماته وقلة أعراضه الجانبية ما يكسبه شهرة قلما يتميز بها دواء ،وكم الصعوبات والتحديات التي واجهتهم ليتوصلوا إلى نتائج وحقائق ...more
May 19, 2010 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! It was interesting and covered a huge amount of information without being terribly confusing. You had to pay attention to it, but it was really interesting. Everyone who was around be for the two months I was reading this book heard all about how much I liked it -- and now, several months later, I still am just as excited about it! There are some parts that were a little slow and a little more complex, but it never stopped being interesting.
كتاب جيد يصف لك رحلة عقار الأسبرين منذ البداية حتى الآن. يبحر الكتاب في الكثير من مراحل تطور الأسبرين وبدايات إكتشافه ومراحل تطوره والمقالات العلمية التي كتبت فيه. أيضا يركز الكتاب على أهم الفترات التي مر بها الأسبرين مثل الإنفلونزا القاتلة في عامي 1918 و 1919 و الحربين العالميتين وماأثر هذه الفترات على الأسبرين والضغوطات التي واجهها هذا العقار. بالإضافة إلى تطرقه للشركات المنتجة له والنزاعات والمحاكمات القضائية التي حدثت لأجله. والأعراض الجانبية للأسبرين وعلاقته بالنوبات القلبية والسكتات ...more
Yazeed AlMogren
Jul 27, 2016 Yazeed AlMogren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
يعتبر هذا الكتاب مرجع علمي لقصة نشوء وإبتكار عقار الإسبرين وصراع شركات الأدوية الكبيرة على الترويج لمنتجاتها من المسكنات، الكتاب مفيد جدًا فمن أراد الحصول على معلومة عن الإسبرين لغرض البحث العلمي، لا أملك معلومة عن ديانة الكاتب أو جنسيته وتوجهاته ولكن لاحظت بأنه كان متحيزًا لليهود وماحصل لهم في الحرب العالمية الثانية بشكل مبالغ به
David R.
Jul 26, 2016 David R. rated it it was amazing
Jeffreys does a wonderful job tracing the history of the wonder drug Aspirin especially through the analgesic wars of the 20th century and the final understanding of how it works in the body. Every chapter is fascinating. I think this will be of interest to many different types of readers.
Jan 13, 2012 Christopher rated it really liked it
Took me a while to read this book as it was kind of hard to get into (and also because I couldn't read and study at the same time). When I ddi finally start to get interested in the content after about two chapters the story of Aspirin became an intriguing story indeed.

From its initial discovery by chance in the 1800's and then the subsequent problems with making it a less harsh molecule when in the stomach, the story was very interesting and grabbed my full attention. The story continued on the
Fernando del Alamo
May 30, 2015 Fernando del Alamo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Este libro es una gozada para quien guste de la historia de la farmacología o de la química. Se trata de la historia de la aspirina. Desde la invención, pasando por las empresas a las que contribuyó a enriquecer y que posteriormente derivaría en Bayer. Habla de los planes de marketing, de los problemas de las patentes, del problema de las guerras, etc. Sorprendentemente, uno de los altos directivos al que metieron en la cárcel unos años por pasar productos químicos a los nazis, posteriormente ...more
Feb 04, 2012 Brian rated it really liked it
Shelves: world-history
Jeffreys does an excellent job of tracing the development of this modern wonder drug and making it accessible to the average reader. While medically and scientifically complex, Aspirin, proved that simple trial and error of the old ways developed modern medicines. Long before the days of clinical trials physicians trusted their instincts and networked together to bring about medicines. Would Aspirin pass an FDA trial today? Doubtful given the stringent requirements but as this book traces ...more
I sometimes wonder why I read books like this. I slogged through the first part of this book very slowly, and often forgot names and dates. The book did get more interesting while talking about Bayer’s connections with IG Farben and the Nazis. Without the lucrative aspirin sales that spiked after WWI, IG Farben wouldn’t have had the huge sums of money to donate to the Nazi party and things may have turned out differently. An IG Farben lead “scientist” was also convicted of war crimes for some ...more
Jul 18, 2008 Rosianna rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone thirsty for a different read, those who love biographies.
Recommended to Rosianna by: Emma Cook
I think I should start by saying that I am no way a Science-y person. As in, I look at Science related things and weep inside. As in, I cannot think of anything more horrific than looking at a chemical equation.
However, the wonderful thing about Aspirin is that it's actually more of a biography than a Science book and only the third part is riddled with things that fly over my head and leave me a little silly feeling. It's fascinating stuff involving patent battles, Nazis and even Lydia E Pinkha
Eileen Conner
Mar 25, 2011 Eileen Conner rated it it was amazing
Shelves: medical, science, history
A very interesting book about a substance that has been used since antiquity, yet is still being discovered. Covers the history, science and use of aspirin and briefly covers some other pain relievers. I recommend this book for anyone who likes history or science.
Erik Streed
The more things change, the more they stay the same in the drug industry. Knockoff drugs and patent issues have been a problem for over 100 years. The end of the book had a bit of hucksterism in spouting off all the things aspirin might be able to cure (cancer, dementia, etc.)
Apr 08, 2014 Bree rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book about the seemingly dull history of aspirin. Its engaging, witty, and very interesting.
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