Computer graphic of a molecule of aspirin

Computer graphic of a molecule of aspirin

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Caption: Computer graphics space-filling representation of a molecule of aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid), a drug used for the relief of moderate pain which also reduces inflammation and fever. Aspirin is derived from salicylic acid, the active ingredient of willow bark, which was chewed to relieve the symptoms of malaria in the mid-18th century. Salicylic acid was effective in reducing fevers but was highly unpalatable. The more palatable acetylsalicylic acid was developed by the German chemical company Bayer towards the end of the 19th century. Trials are currently in progress (1988) to evaluate aspirin's possible role in the prevention of coronary heart disease.

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Keywords: acetylsalicylic acid, aspirin, biochemistry biochemical, chemical, chemistry, compound compounds, computer graphic, drug molecule, molecules, pharmaceutical, pharmaceutics

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