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The acetate of lead has decided power over many forms of internal hemorrhage, and is still in frequent use, though not so much so as formerly. Dr. Elliotson often prescribed it in 2 to 3-gr. doses; Dr. Stokes says "nothing can be more striking than its power to arrest the discharge in chronic bronchial hemorrhage," and I have more than once verified this. Dr. C. J. B. Williams recommended 3 gr. with opium every hour or half-hour in cases of hoemoptysis, taking care to give a daily dose of purgative salts (Lancet, i., 1862). In the hemorrhage of enteric fever, acetate of lead is often valuable.
In an obstinate case of hoematuria (renal), after failure of tannin, iron, and other remedies, grain doses of lead acetate, with 1/2 gr. of opium, given every six hours, soon arrested all bleeding; a blue line appeared on the gums within a week of this treatment (Gull: Lancet, i., 1866). In uterine hemorrhage, acetate of lead with opium is often suitable. Dr. Dewees used it largely in plethoric menorrhagia and in hemorrhage occurring during pregnancy.
Dr. Workman has written to advocate a novel prescription, which theory would scarcely seem to justify, though the practice is said to be advantageous; he gives the acetate in 1/2 to 1 dr. doses without any opium; this causes diarrhoea, but no other bad symptoms, and produces, he says, the best results in haemoptysis and also in uterine hemorrhage, and causes contraction of the uterus (Medical Record, 1878).