Tag Archives: Aspirin

The discoverers of aspirin

JMS Pearce Hull, England, United Kingdom   Fig 1. Proc Royal Soc 1763, Salix Edmund Stone Willow bark. Source. In the short period between the years 1946-1950, three highly effective new drugs became available for clinical use in the newly established National Health Service. They were penicillin, streptomycin, and cortisone. Before this there were few […]

Nicholas Culpeper and Herbal Medicine

JMS Pearce Hull, England   Fig. 1 Nicholas Culpeper Apart from crude measures such as amputation and surgery without anesthesia, most medical treatments were ineffective until the twentieth century. Herbal remedies dominated from the time of ancient Hindu and Chinese cultures. Herbals were used by the Greek scholar Theophrastus (371 – 287 BC) and by […]

A legacy of pain: heredity and migraines

Terri Sinnott Chicago, Illinois, United States   Fig 1. Left to right: 2 Aspirin+2 Tylenol®+ 1 can of Coca-Cola®+ 2 Sudafed®; Excedrin® + Sudafed®; Imitrex® capsule; Excedrin® + Caffeinated Coffee; 1 Maxalt-MLT® + 4 Aleve®; Imitrex® by injection Sinnott Family Collection A reporter doing a story on migraines asked me about my family’s tendencies toward them.1 […]