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Bile beans was a very popular proprietary medicine during the twentieth century in the UK. The product consisted of a variety of purgatives, cholagogues and carminatives formulated into a pill and advertised for ‘inner health’. The product was devised in Australia in 1899, survived a damning judgement in a law court in Scotland in 1905, became a brand leader in the 1930s and was on sale until the mid-1980s.
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Reprinted from Drug Discovery Today, Vol. 8, issue 4, Rowe, Bile beans, pp153-154, copyright 2003, with permission from Elsevier.
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