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Soluble aspirin powder, c 1900.

Soluble aspirin powder, c 1900.
3 3 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 25cm


Aspirin was first synthesised by the German chemist Felix Hoffman (1868-1946) and introduced to the medical market in 1899 as a relief against pain. It continues to be a widely used drug which is effective against many types of minor pain. Aspirin also can be useful in preventing heart attacks and strokes. Produced by F Bayer and Company of Germany.

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