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July 1961

The Headache of the Soul

Its cunning, its power, its baffling nature manifests itself in subtle ways

WHEN I was in graduate school almost thirty years ago, I had a professor whose wife was allergic (or, as the allergists would say, "intolerant" or "sensitive") to aspirin. To me, aspirin is a harmless pain reliever. To her, it was a deadly poison. On two or three occasions she nearly died from medicines prescribed by well-meaning doctors which contained small quantities of this usually innocuous drug.

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