The Fall and Rise of Aspirin (hb)
- Price: £19.95
- Publisher: Brewin Books
- ISBN: 9781858582818
- Availability: In Stock
The author has long been interested in how
plant derived substances can prove beneficial to Medicine. Writings on papyrus
from the earliest times have described the use of willow bark for soothing
inflamed wounds. Major contributions by the Reverend Edward Stone of Chipping
Norton, and Dr. Thomas Maclagan of Dundee are covered, along with the unique
discovery by Professor John Vane and his team, of the fundamental effect of
aspirin on prostaglandin synthesis. The book includes fascinating memorabilia
on the early days of aspirin, kindly donated from the Bayer archive.
In his first book on the foxglove, the
author described how Nature’s gift of digitalis came to become accepted
worldwide as a valuable treatment for heart failure. Now, he has explored the
bark of the willow, from which by chemical modification, aspirin was obtained.
But whereas up to now, digitalis (in its current form, digoxin), only has a
place in the treatment of heart disease, aspirin – the world’s most ubiquitous
pain killer, has in the last half-century, been shown also to prevent heart
attacks and strokes. And in addition it may soon come into use in cancer
The author is currently a practising consultant rheumatologist at Leicester Royal Infirmary who, in former years, prescribed prodigious amounts of aspirin for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. As an immunologist at the University of Leicester, he has taught medical students from the inception of its medical school.
|240mm x 170mm