Fig. 327. This deposit is discovered only by means of the microscope. It is chiefly found in men, and generally occurs in patients suffering with indigestion, palpitation of the heart, irritable bladder, gloomy and irritable disposition, also often accompanies impotence. When very abundant, it may be the cause of a variety of stone in the bladder, known as mulberry calculus.

The Treatment of Oxalate of Lime

The treatment consists in improved hygiene and cure of the disease upon which it depends. The patient should carefully avoid overeating, and the use of such articles of diet as are known to produce oxalates in the urine, such as rhubarb, raw apples, and most sweet fruits.

The use of hard water should also be avoided. Daily sponge baths, and the application of an inunction two or three times a week, together with the use of electricity, when possible, and massage, constitute the best treatment.

Fig. 327. Crystals of Oxalate of Lime.

Fig. 327. Crystals of Oxalate of Lime.