Molecule Advent Day 9: Aspirin

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Here is a molecule that you have probably heard about, but do you know where it comes from?

willow-tree
Source: http://drawingimage.com/art/tag/willow

 

Aspirin, also known as acetylsalicylic acid, has been used medicinally for millennia, occurring naturally in willow leaves. One of the earliest uses is recorded by Hypocrates, who recommends that willow tea be used to treat fever. Today it is one of the most widely used medicines, most often being used to treat pain and to thin blood. Unfortunately it brings many side effects, such as stomach ulcers, so it is not the preferred drug in many instances. Despite this, aspirin saves many lives, especially amongst those who have had heart attacks.

Source: http://chemistry.about.com/od/factsstructures/ig/Chemical-Structures---A/Acetylsalicylic-Acid---Aspirin.htm
Source: http://chemistry.about.com/od/factsstructures/ig/Chemical-Structures—A/Acetylsalicylic-Acid—Aspirin.htm