Friday, January 21, 2011

Shake Well

Today we salute magnesium hydroxide, aka Mg(OH)2 or "milk of magnesia," which was widely used in the 20th century as an antacid and laxative. Discovered in 1829 by the personal doctor of a British military bigwig, it was only patented in 1873. Seven years later, Charles Henry Philips patented his milky version, which was a runaway hit. Interestingly, Mg(OH)2 can be used as an anti-presperant or to treat canker sores topically...

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