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Aspirin is a very important medicine and has been around since 1900 when Felix Hoffman and Friedrich Bayer and Company invented it Born on January 21 of 1868 in Germany Felix Hoffman studied chemistry and pharmacy at the University of Munich and obtained his Doctoral degree there in 1894 He started working for Bayer in 1894 as a chemist Hoffmans father had extreme pain form arthritis inspiring Hoffman to find a painkiller Hoffman did a lot of research and study including a study on Hippocrates a Greek physician from 400 BC His research showed pain medicine in that time was made from willow bark and leaves In the 19th century chemists found that there was a substance known as salicin in the willow trees that had the power to relieve pain Between 1800 and 1835 chemists were able to extract the salcin and make salicylic acid and make it into amounts for human consumption but they found it was very hard on peoples stomachs In 1853 a French researcher named Charles Frederic Gerhardt found a way to neutralize the salicylic acid by adding sodium and acetyl chloride Strangely his research stopped there and no product was developed In 1897 Hoffman rediscovered Gerhardts experiments and studied them carefully He conducted similar experiments of his own He looked for a stable buffered version of salicylic acid that his company would be able to commercialize on a large scale On August 10 1897 he succeeded with this goal By combining acetylating salicylic acid with acetic acid he created acetylsalicylic acid or ASA with the right characteristics for consumer use The substance had the ability to relieve fever pain and inflammation all without upsetting the patients stomach Hoffman is said to have tested versions of the product on his father to find the safest and most effective solution Bayer trademarked the name Aspirin in 1899 and it quickly became something everyone wanted all around the world Hoffman named the
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