Drugs: Licorice & Ulcers

For a dozen years, Dr. Richard Doll, Britain's most famed physician-statistician, had been testing and comparing a dozen treatments for gastric ulcers (those in the stomach proper). Sadly he had concluded that no drugs helped an ulcer to heal, though peace of mind, bed rest and nonsmoking did some good. Then a drug company offered Dr. Doll something called carbenoxolone, which is a chemical modification of a substance extracted from licorice.

Licorice extracts have been used since the days of Hippocrates for the relief of indigestion, but Scientist Doll has little faith in old wives' remedies. Still, he could not...

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