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.
Magnesia, in combination with its sulphate, and sometimes with colchicum in addition, was largely used by Sir Charles Scudamore, and with satisfactory result. It is especially adapted for the gastric derangements to which gouty patients are liable. In rheumatism its value is not so evident.