Aspirin Article

Aspirin Article


Answer the questions on this sheet as you read the article Aspirin Effect: Pain Relief and More. It describes the history and science of aspirin. (The article starts on page 3 of the PDF).

  1. What do willow tree bark extract, oil of wintergreen, and aspirin have in common?
  2. The study of the chemistry of medicinal plants began in the 1800s. Why would it have been difficult to identify the active ingredients in those plants?
  3. What were some of the drawbacks to salicylic acid as a pain reliever?
  4. Felix Hoffman, who worked for the Bayer Company, invented aspirin in 1897. How did he make it?
  5. What are some of the benefits of aspirin?
  6. How does aspirin work?
  7. What do you think are some possible strategies for reducing stomach irritation caused by aspirin?
  8. What are some other medical discoveries that have been found as a result of our understanding of how aspirin works?

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