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Simpson recommended the oxalate in primary as well as in reflex gastric disorder, and Dr. C. Lee has given instances of its value in pyrosis, in phthisical and atonic dyspepsia; it may be used in the class of cases in which bismuth is indicated. Dr. Mills found it act best when morbid sympathetic influences were a main cause of the indigestion, and depressed or deranged innervation of the stomach existed: in diarrhoea from nerve-irritation, cerium was also successful; "it seems to have the power of diminishing reflex excitability of the alimentary tract;" in dysentery, gastric ulcer, cancer, gastro-enteritis, he tried the medicine, but with less satisfactory result (Medical Record, March, 1876).
"Chronic Cough." - Mr. Clark has recorded cases of chronic lung-disorder with some partial consolidation, and accompanied with dyspnoea on exertion and violent morning cough producing sickness, the symptoms were much relieved by the (apparently) sedative effect of oxalate of cerium, given in 5-gr. doses half an hour before rising (Practitioner, April, 1878).