Uses of acetylsalicyic acid, the chemical name for aspirin, find its way back before the 19th century in folk medicine. The leaves and bark of the willow tree contain a substance called salicin, a naturally occurring compound similar to acetylsalicylic acid. In Greece, circa 400BC, Hippocrates gave women willow leaf tea to relieve the pain of childbirth.
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German pharmaceutical company Bayer in 1897
Photograph: Aspirin Magazine
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