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Aspirin : the remarkable story of a wonder drug

Author: Diarmuid Jeffreys
Publisher: London : Bloomsbury, 2004.
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"Throughout the world we pop more than 200 billion of these little white pills every year. Aspirin is effective not only against everyday ailments - headaches, fever, rheumatic pain - but also as a preventative treatment for heart attacks, strokes, and even some types of cancers. Add to this its beneficiary role in a host of other conditions from Alzheimer's to gum disease, and you have a medicine of unparalleled  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Popular Works
Popular works
Ouvrages de vulgarisation
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Diarmuid Jeffreys
ISBN: 9780747570776 0747570779 9780747574439 074757443X
OCLC Number: 55872522
Description: x, 335 pages ; 24 pages
Contents: If you examine a man --
The bark of an english tree --
The puzzle takes shape --
The birth of a wonderdrug --
Patents, patients, and sell, sell, sell! --
The chemists' war --
Civilization could disappear --
The aspirin age --
A moral collapse --
Soluble solutions and costly competition --
So that's how it works! --
Affairs of the heart --
A twenty-first century wonderdrug.
Responsibility: Diarmuid Jeffreys.
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"A remarkable story...This is more than the story of aspirin: It is a history lesson."

 
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