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Dr Thomas John MacLagan
Dr Thomas John MacLagan developed aspirin in 1876, while working as a Medical Superintendent at Dundee Royal Infirmary. His most important work  was the research he carried out into the anti-rheumatic effects of salicin, a chemical extracted from willow bark. Maclagan's work was taken up by German researchers who used salicin to develop acetyl-salicylic acid - better known today as aspirin.