Before the turn of the 20th
century, patients who needed medicine either took it as a liquid or
a hard pill. However, the liquids often tasted terrible and the
pills usually didn't even dissolve in patients’ stomachs. In 1875,
William Upjohn, a University of Michigan student began experimenting
with new pill formulas that would be more effective. He is the main
reason pills are now such a convenient means of medication.