In so serious an organic disease, which must, of necessity, often end fatally, it is not surprising if the powers of the silver compounds have been called in question. Cases of marked relief, if not cure, by these remedies have, however, been recorded (Stille), and it seems reasonable to allow that if they can relieve ordinary gastritis, they may relieve the same condition when dependent on a local lesion; they lessen local congestion and local nerve-irritation, and in some cases, at least, they form a protective layer of albuminate, and probably thus relieve the pain of gastric ulcer.