The absorption of corrosive sublimate may be realized without much difficulty, because it is soluble in ordinary fluids; an albuminate of mercury may form in the stomach, but is probably not absorbed as such: the formation of a double salt with sodium is more likely, and the same occurs with iodides and bromides of mercury: saline or albuminous solutions of perchloride and aqueous solutions of cyanide are also readily absorbed from the cellular tissue.

The chlorides and iodides may also be absorbed from blistered surfaces (endermic method), and probably then also, double salts with albuminous and alkaline constituents of the serum are formed.