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The story of aspirin revisited

For centuries, people used willow bark to treat pain and fevers. However, it was not until the late 1800s that scientists developed an analog of the active ingredient in willow bark, creating aspirin, the essential medicine that is now part of everyday life.

Take Two and Call Me in the Morning: The Story of Aspirin Revisited, a new online exhibition from the National Library of Medicine (NLM), examines how modern organic chemistry and technology isolated, then synthesized nature's properties into a medication now common worldwide


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