This section is from the book "The Home Hand-Book of Domestic Hygiene and Rational Medicine. Volume 2.", by J. H. Kellogg, M.D.. Also available from Amazon: The Home Hand-Book of Domestic Hygiene and Rational Medicine, Volume 2.
Enlargement of the lymphatic glands of the neck and armpits is generally due to scrofula. The application of plasters, tincture of iodine, and various irritants, greatly aggravate the local inflammation, and probably do no good. Dr. Hamilton says: "I have never had any evidence worthy of acceptance that these agents have in a single instance dispersed these swellings." We protest that the application of tincture of iodine to an inflamed gland to amuse the patient until nature effects a cure, is an act of cruelty. The most proper treatment is the application of fomentations, and lancing as soon as softening occurs. Alternate hot and cold applications will sometimes cause absorption to take place, if made two or three times a day for a long time.