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  1. KY Proud
    Apr 27 - 4:32 PM

    Never you roamed Leigh Hall… nice to know whom I’ve been reading the past few months.

  2. David Kroll
    Apr 27 - 5:31 PM

    KY Proud – I’m assuming you are a Kappa Psi pharmacist and/or med chemist?

    Alas, I only went to Leigh Hall for chemistry seminars. I did my graduate work “down the hill” at the J Hillis Miller Health Center in the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics. We shared part of our wing with medicinal chemists from the College of Pharmacy. But I developed my interests in natural products chemistry with a then-brand new prof, Tom Rowe, who used natural products like camptothecin, doxorubicin, and semi-synthetics like etoposide to prove the action of type I and II DNA topoisomerases.

    Many a wonderful day spent in Gainesville, particularly at The Purple Porpoise Oyster Bar (now Gator City, but College Inn back in 1905).

  3. Chemjobber
    Apr 27 - 7:56 PM

    Wow, David — you explained something in one of the favorite novels of my teenage years, John Grisham’s “A Time to Kill.” When the protagonist orders headache powders after a long night of drinking, I always wondered what was in them… (

  4. David Kroll
    May 10 - 8:25 AM

    CJ, thanks so much for sending along the Google Books link – I had not known that Grisham wrote about headache powders. Not surprising since he is a Mississippian and splits his time between Oxford, MS, and Charlottesville, VA.

    There was also a buzz in our neck of the woods in 2008 when he and his wife bought a condominium across from the UNC-Chapel Hill campus (Triangle Business Journal).

    So, I can see that he is probably intimately familiar with headache powders.

  5. j. smith
    Mar 18 - 9:15 AM

    BC Powder is what I’ve used all my life for headaches, and it’s the only thing that works for them. This was the case for my mother and my grandmother as well. A couple years ago they changed the formula and took out one of the main ingredients Salicylamide 195 mg and now it just doesn’t work anymore. I snatched up all the ‘old formula’ boxes off the shelves I could find when I noticed that it had changed, but now they’re expired and I’m running out. The formula worked for decades. I can’t find any other medicine with the same combination in it, so I think my next step may be going to a ‘druggist’ to have them ‘make me some’. These days, it’s probably an expensive proposition.

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