Aspirin: The Remarkable Story of a Wonder Drug

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, Dec 1, 2008 - History - 352 pages
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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.
Diarmuid Jeffreys is a British writer, journalist, and television producer who has made current affairs and documentary programs for BBC TV, Channel 4, and others. He is also the author of The Bureau: Inside the Modern FBI. He lives with his wife and children in East Sussex.
A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of 2004
"Jeffreys is an extremely clever and accessible writer, and his book is comprehensible while still being smart. If it is possible to get giddy over aspirin, Jeffreys manages it. This enthusiasm injects his well-researched prose with a verve and drama that makes for something of a medical history page-turner."-Oregonian
"A remarkable story...This is more than the story of aspirin: It is a history lesson."-San Diego Union-Tribune
"Diarmuid Jeffreys seamlessly manages his complicated subject...Throughout, Jeffreys renders an absorbing account of the drug's ride from obscurity to celebrity and around about again to its rebirth as today's wonder drug."-San Francisco Chronicle
"One of the most fascinating stories in the whole of medicine."-New Scientist Also available: HC 1-58234-386-1 ISBN 978-158234-386-0 $25.95
 

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The extraordinary history of the little white pill found in just about everyone's medicine cabinet.Justifiably labeling aspirin a wonder drug, British journalist Jeffreys (The Bureau: Inside the ... Read full review

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Aspirin is a drug of apparently endless secrets. Research has continually uncovered new health benefits, from the first mention in ancient Egyptian scrolls of willow's medicinal uses to the more than ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
1
Book One 1 If you examine a man
5
The bark of an English tree
17
3 The puzzle takes shape
35
The birth of a wonder drug
56
Book
75
Patents patients and sell sell sell
77
The chemists war
97
A moral collapse
168
Book Three
193
Soluble solutions and costly competition
197
So thats how it works
219
Affairs of the heart
235
A twentyfirstcentury wonder drug
258
Notes and Sources
279
B ibliogmpay 3 1 3
323

Civilization could disappear
125
The aspirin age
145

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Diarmuid Jeffreys is a British writer, journalist, and television producer who has made current affairs and documentary programs for BBC TV, Channel 4, and others. He is also the author of The Bureau: Inside the Modern FBI. He lives with his wife and children in East Sussex.

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