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Aspirin: The Remarkable Story of a Wonder Drug

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  114 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Americans take millions of aspirin each year, little dreaming that the seemingly ordinary pill is one of the most amazing creations in medical history.

Aspirin is a drug so astonishingly versatile that it can relieve your headache, ease your aching limbs, lower your temperature, and treat some of the deadliest human diseases, preventing everything from heart attacks to can
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Hardcover, 352 pages
Published September 21st 2004 by Bloomsbury USA (first published July 5th 2004)
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Elizabeth
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.
Abdullah
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 الدماغ ...more
Christopher
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
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Brian
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 throug ...more
Sarah
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 pr ...more
Rosianna
Jul 18, 2008 Rosianna rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
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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.)
Eileen Conner
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.
Bree
Excellent book about the seemingly dull history of aspirin. Its engaging, witty, and very interesting.
Lulu
It probably won't shock you to learn that this book is pretty dull overall.
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