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Open Access An historical and chemical study of Samona brand tablets: A tonic available in the United Kingdom from the late 1930s

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Two medicinal tonics, Samona brand tablets No. 1 (for men) and Samona brand tablets No. 2 (for women), were available in the United Kingdom from the late 1930s. This article presents historical and some initial chemical data on these tablets. They were initially well advertised, mostly in the weekly trade magazine, The Chemist and Druggist. Some reasonably detailed compositional data was given on their containers. Our historical data, and to a lesser extent our chemical data, indicate that these tablets contained various crushed and dried whole glands (or glandular extracts) and so were perhaps intended as 'aphrodisiac/rejuvenation tonics', in addition to their use as a general tonic.

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Publication date: December 1, 2019

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