Features August 2003 Issue

Aspirin: The 104-Year-Old Wonder Drug That’s Still Young At Heart

It’s a simple pill that packs a lot of punch—mostly good.

Since the commercial launch of aspirin 104 years ago, it’s believed that more than one trillion aspirin tablets have been consumed. Today, 50 billion tablets are taken every year. Aspirin, which goes by the chemical name acetylsalicylic acid, has often been called a “Wonder Drug” or “Miracle Drug”—but why? What does it do and how does it work? …

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