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Heidelberg – 23

A tin of aspirin powder, one of the first mass-produced medicines. In the background is the patent for the name Aspirin awarded to Bayer in 1899. An interesting aside, the first clinical trial results for aspirin were published in Lancet in 1876!

The letter ‘A’ stands for acetyl, “spir” is derived from the plant known as Spiraea ulmaria (meadowsweet), which yields salicin, and “in” was a common suffix used for drugs at the time of the first stable synthesis of acetylsalicylic acid. For more information on the history of probably the first wonder drug, visit this LINK.

Wikipedia estimates that c. 40,000 tons aspirin is consumed worldwide every year.

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About hbhatnagar

I need to fill this up with much better content than I had populated it with earlier. Why I write a blog maybe? I started blogging in 2009 or thereabouts. I was a newly turned atheist and wanted to converse with others of the same persuasion. We're not exactly a big population group in India! It didn't go very well and I sort of lost interest, posting a few things now and then. I got a lot more regular over the last few months and have been posting almost daily since February '15. There were many reasons why I gradually became more regular in posting, but one way or the other, here I am! So this blog has taken shape, being at different points in time my showcase, my comedy club, my art gallery, my book club, my therapist, my close friend, my innermost self....but always my little corner of the world. You are all welcome to visit and I hope you stay awhile! A few points about me because I don't want to lead anyone on(and trust me this does become an issue more often than I'd care to admit). I'm Indian, the brown-skinned variety; if race, ethnicity or skin colour is an issue, you don't have to get to know me any more than what you see on my blog. I'm 40, so if age is an issue, please be informed accordingly. I was a doctor, an ophthalmic surgeon for 10 years before I quit practice.

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2 thoughts on “Heidelberg – 23

  1. Most widely used medicine! Thank you for the links and tour, Dr. Hb!

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by Amy | 29/05/2017, 7:57 PM

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