This section is from the book "Materia Medica And Therapeutics Inorganic Substances", by Charles D. F. Phillips. Also available from Amazon: Materia medica and therapeutics.
Rectal injection of a few ounces of lime-water several times repeated is effectual in curing ascarides, and Dr. Price, of Margate, and Kuchenmeister have reported some successful instances of this treatment (Lancet, i., 1864); it has long been a favorite prescription of mine.
Lime-water was formerly much esteemed as an internal medicine, and was given not only as an antacid and astringent, but also as an antiseptic, and especially as a lithontriptic or solvent of calculi. It was not unfrequently given in excess, and produced irritant effects, but its use now is more restricted, and the doses given are smaller and more diluted.