Carton of 'Purgen-The New Aperient' tablets, London, England, 1901-1940

Made:
1901-1940 in London

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Carton of "Purgen" tablets with instructions, by H. and T.Kirby and Co., Ltd., London, 1901-1940

Aperient is another word for laxative. The packaging claims that this “New Aperient is a simple chemical and the mildest aperient known, not drastic or irritating, but certain in its action, it is not absorbed and therefore, even in large doses, is perfectly harmless.”

Made by H and T Kirby and Co Ltd, manufacturing chemists, the trade name ‘Purgen’ is a play on the word purge, describing the drug’s action. This packet contains doses for children and was available over the counter at pharmacists.

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Category:
Materia Medica & Pharmacology
Object Number:
A627792
type:
laxative
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle
status:
Loan: Wellcome Trust

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