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Why is Aspirin the greatest discovery ever?

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Why is Aspirin the greatest discovery ever? Introduction In this project I will investigate the therapeutic uses of aspirin and its effects on individuals, medical science and the world. I aim to come to a conclusion whether Aspirin is the greatest discovery made. I will look at informative articles from reliable sources to gain my information and present it in this project. History of Aspirin Aspirin or acetylsalicylic acid as it is known in science was discovered by the father of modern medicine, Hippocrates in approximately 400 B.C. Hippocrates extracted powder from the bark and leaves of a willow tree to create a medicine which is now known as aspirin. Salicin was the original, standard form of aspirin which many Chemists and Pharmacists researched to improve its purity and effect. Raffaele Piria, an Italian chemist, split salicin into a sugar and an aromatic component and converted the latter, by hydrolysis and oxidation, to form salicylic acid." The final push for the production of aspirin came from a German Chemist named Felix Hoffmann. He rediscovered the formula originally found by Charles Frederic Gerhardt to change its effect on the stomach, as pure salicylic acid was dangerous to stomachs. ...read more.


found in almost every household, in America millions take Aspirin Daily to prevent Heart Disease and the many other illnesses it prevents. Aspirin's popularity grew over the first half of the twentieth century, spurred by its effectiveness in the wake of Spanish flu pandemic of 1918, and aspirin's profitability led to fierce competition and the proliferation of aspirin brands and products. Life Changing Experiences Aspirin over the years has saved thousands of lives and it continues to work miracles on patients with cardiovascular disease and stroke victims. One story, is from Katherine Michaels aged 59, Katherine was walking with her walking club when suddenly she had a tight feeling in her chest and felt nauseous, she thought she was getting a virus, only to discover it was a heart attack. As soon as Katherine made it to her Doctor, she was prescribed Aspirin to help her recover from that traumatic experience. Now she eats a healthy diet, does regular exercise and takes her aspirin and she no longer has health problems and can continue with her walking club. How does it Work? Aspirin works by reducing the amounts of prostaglandins and thromboxanes in your system. ...read more.


Researchers at the Harvard Medical School found that taking anti-clotting drug cilostazol reduces the risk of having a stroke by a quarter and the possibility of experiencing dangerous side affects by one-half. http://www.barchester.com/Healthcare-News/Cramp-drug-'better-than-aspirin'-for-reducing-stroke-risk/376/3699 However many people turn to aspirin as it has fewer side effects compared to other painkillers, and some painkillers have worse or even life-threatening side effects to specific people. Conclusion During my studies I have came to the conclusion that Aspirin is one of the greatest discoveries ever because it is the most versatile drug on the planet. Aspirin can relieve symptoms for as many as 15 different diseases and pains. Aspirin has been on the frontline of medical advance for a while now and it still continues to provide fantastic discoveries and breakthroughs. Aspirin gives maximum effect with minimum side effects using a unique and super quick mechanism. I came to this conclusion by assessing the sources I have investigated and these sources have showed me the effects aspirin has in medical science. Although some sources criticized it's side effects, I have understood how aspirin is one of the most important drugs there is. Without aspirin, medical science wouldn't be the same and many lives would be lost. This drug has proven its name as a 'miracle drug' and is without a doubt the most successful drugs on the market. ...read more.

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