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.
Not only in renal dropsy, but in that dependent on hepatic disease, and certainly in general anasarca independent of organic malady, iodide of potassium or iodide of iron is useful. Frictions with iodized liniment should be combined with the internal treatment. Injections have sometimes been used (v. p. 75).