Under this term is included almost any outward application that is not used with friction. The methods of application differ according to the purpose to be served. An eye lotion may have to be simply dropped on the affected part, a wound lotion to be applied on lint, an evaporating lotion may be most useful when freely and repeatedly applied to the surface either by simple irrigation or by means of a bandage. The full effect of an anodyne bandage is best obtained under oiled silk, and the value of remedies prescribed in this form very largely depends upon the intelligent use of them by the nurse.