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The German company Bayer patented aspirin on March 6,
1899. Now the most common drug in household medicine
cabinets, acetylsalicylic acid was originally made from a
chemical found in the bark of willow trees. In its primitive
form, the active ingredient, salicin, was used for centuries
in folk medicine, beginning in ancient Greece when
Hippocrates used it to relieve pain and fever. Known to
doctors since the mid-19th century, it was used sparingly
due to its unpleasant taste and tendency to damage the

In 1897, Bayer employee Felix Hoffmann (above) found a
way to create a stable form of the drug that was easier and
more pleasant to take. (Some evidence shows that Hoffmann’s
work was really done by a Jewish chemist, Arthur Eichengrun,
whose contributions were covered up during the Nazi era.)

After obtaining the patent rights, Bayer began distributing
aspirin in powder form to physicians to give to their patients
one gram at a time. The brand name came from “a” for acetyl,
“spir” from the spirea plant (a source of salicin) and the suffix
“in,” commonly used for medications. It quickly became the
number-one drug worldwide.

Bayer patents aspirin | March 6, 1899 | 1800s advertisements | Pinterest | Aspirin and History

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Sir Alexander Fleming  (6 August 1881 – 11 March 1955)

Sir Alexander Fleming was a young bacteriologist when an
accidental discovery led to one of the great developments
of modern medicine on September 3, 1928
. Having left a
plate of staphylococcus bacteria uncovered, Fleming noticed
that a mold that had fallen on the culture had killed many of
the bacteria. He identified the mold as penicillium notatum,
similar to the kind found on bread.

In 1929, Fleming introduced his mold by-product called
penicillin to cure bacterial infections.

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An illustration depicts the famous meeting of Livingston and Stanley at Ujiji, Lake Tanganyika in Africa.  

Journalist Henry Morton Stanley began his famous search through
Africa for the missing British explorer and Scottish physician, Dr.
David Livingstone (below).

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Sir Henry Morton Stanley
(John Rowlands)
(28 January 1841 – 10 May 1904)

David Livingstone: The boy from Blantyre who became an African legend |
David Livingstone
(19 March 1813 – 1 May 1873)

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Dr. Kildare is an NBC medical drama television series which originally ran from September 28, 1961, until August 30, 1966 for a total of 191 episodes over five seasons Produced by MGM Television.

The TV series quickly achieved success and made a star of Richard Chamberlain, who played the title role. Dr. Kildare.

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George Richard Chamberlain will
be 88 years old on March 31st.

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On January 26, 1961, just about a week after his inauguration,
John F. Kennedy appointed Janet Travell, 59 (above),
as his personal physician, making her the first woman in history
to hold the post.

Dr. Travell possessed an impressive resume that included
graduating with honors from Wellesley College, internships
in cardiology, a professorship in clinical pharmacology at
Cornell University and an established reputation as a pioneer
in the treatment of chronic myofascial pain.



Janet Travell: The First Female Presidential Physician
Dr. Travell with President Kennedy.

The Timeline Project: Dr. Janet G. Travell - Physician
Janet Graeme Travell (December 17, 1901 – August 1, 1997)

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