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The chlorate of potash has been recommended in dysentery, and even in inflammatory diarrhoea (Amisy: Lancet, ii., 1872, p. 300). Marotti considers the acetate valuable in gastro-intestinal disorder connected with chronic catarrhal conditions and increased secretion of mucus in the alimentary canal, and marked by coated tongue and anorexia (Practitioner, vol. ii.), but I think we have more dependable remedies. I should rather avoid it in acute conditions of this kind, but in the form connected with advanced stages of chronic nerve-disorder and cachexia, or "vaso-paralytic" diarrhoea, its use is more indicated. The chlorate is an ingredient in the "saline treatment" of cholera.