This Day in History: March 6, 1899
Uses of acetylsalicylic 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.
|Chemist Dr. Felix Hoffman developed Aspirin for|
German pharmaceutical company Bayer in 1897
Photograph: Aspirin Magazine
Check out these cool early advertisements for Bayer aspirin!
|Bayer Aspirin Ad 1917|
|Bayer Aspirin Ad 1949|
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