Aspirin (Part 1 of 2)
On today’s Creation Moments Minute, we’ll take a look at the miracle drug of the twentieth century.
The aspirin tablet has been hailed as the miracle drug of the twentieth century. Although it took the twentieth century to flavor, coat and stamp little letters on aspirin tablets, people have been using aspirin for centuries. The most common form in which aspirin has been taken is as willow bark tea.
Aspirin has relieved billions of headaches and brought nearly as many fevers under control over the years. In recent years, aspirin has become even more important since studies have shown that as little as half an aspirin per day can help prevent heart attacks.
Despite its long‑standing use in medicine, physicians had no idea how aspirin worked until a few decades ago. And that’s where we’ll pick this up on tomorrow’s program.
Ref: Shodell, Michael. 1983. “The prostaglandin connection.” Science 83. p. 78.