Aspirin: A Look Back at Its History

Leo Robert

We take the long view on aspirin's history in this short slideshow. See how aspirin has shaped medicine from its discovery to the 18th century.

Recognition of the healing properties of aspirin can be traced to ancient Sumeria where the extract of willow leaves was first used to treat musculoskeletal pain, inflammation, and fever.In the slides below, we trace aspirin’s early history including geographic spread, expanding applications, and the increasing scientific rigor brought to evaluation of the drug’s properties and potential.