|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.