|Arthur Eichengrün, Felix Hoffmann pharmacology|
Bayer patented aspirin perfecting a process for making pure acetylsalicylic acid which is less harsh to the gastrointestinal tract than pure salicylic acid. Salicylic acid in Meadowsweet and willow bark eased headaches, pain, and fever for Native Americans and the ancient Greeks. Today forty million kilograms are swallowed each year.
In other countries, Aspirin with a capital ‘A’ is trademarked; the generic name is acetylsalicylic acid. Bayer lost the trademarked name in the Allied nations in 1919 as part of the Treaty of Versailles that ended World War I. Before the end of the war Bayer had expunged records of Jewish contributions, so that Eichengrün’s claim that Hoffmann was only a lab assistant cannot be proven.
Take two aspirin
Take two aspirin and call me in the morning. You’re OK; you’re suffering only an abnormality. Relax and gradually you’ll get used to it.