Pain- and trade-killers

The un-American history of painkillers.

Paul Krugman, blogging on Trump’s half-proposal for a border tax:

To be fair, these tax-and-trade issues are kind of two-ibuprofen stuff at best. But confusions persists even longer than usual when they serve a political purpose.

For the record, ibuprofen was discovered by Boots in England. Paracetamol is basically German, as was the synthesis of aspirin, the active ingredient of an ancient herbal remedy known to the Sumerians. The opioid painkillers are also of great antiquity. With only an all-American pharmacopoeia, you would just have to endure your trade headaches.

Author: James Wimberley

James Wimberley (b. 1946, an Englishman raised in the Channel Islands. three adult children) is a former career international bureaucrat with the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. His main achievements there were the Lisbon Convention on recognition of qualifications and the Kosovo law on school education. He retired in 2006 to a little white house in Andalucia, His first wife Patricia Morris died in 2009 after a long illness. He remarried in 2011. to the former Brazilian TV actress Lu Mendonça. The cat overlords are now three. I suppose I've been invited to join real scholars on the list because my skills, acquired in a decade of technical assistance work in eastern Europe, include being able to ask faux-naïf questions like the exotic Persians and Chinese of eighteenth-century philosophical fiction. So I'm quite comfortable in the role of country-cousin blogger with a European perspective. The other specialised skill I learnt was making toasts with a moral in the course of drunken Caucasian banquets. I'm open to expenses-paid offers to retell Noah the great Armenian and Columbus, the orange, and university reform in Georgia. James Wimberley's occasional publications on the web

2 thoughts on “Pain- and trade-killers”

  1. All right, but apart from the sanitation, the medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, a fresh water system, and public health, what have the Romans ever done for us?

    Err, I mean, but apart from birth control pills, naproxen sodium, cortico steroids, oil, burritos, popcorn, and chocolate, what have the Mexicans ever done for us? Hmmm, chocolate.

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