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When infants at the breast suffer from eructations, sour vomiting, diarrhoea, light-colored papescent stools of bad odor, with crampy pains in the stomach, I have always found bismuth act well. In that form of diarrhoea which so readily affects children while being weaned, or during hot weather, or that which continues even after irritation has been removed, it is also of great service; from 1 to 5 gr. may be given several times daily to children of one year and under. Weller prescribed for children as much as 30 to 60 gr. of subnitrate every hour (interdicting milk during the treatment), with no other than good results (Deutsches Archiv, quoted American Journal, 1870).
The ulcerative diarrhoea and aphthous condition connected with phthisis is alleviated by full doses. Traube (one of the first to recommend the remedy in such cases) supports the view of its acting mainly as a mechanical protective, lessening local irritation, and consequently reflex peristalsis. We have already referred to a case in which the powder was found to line the whole tract, and it is evident that for such protective effect large doses are necessary. Dr. T. Thompson, who prescribed about 5 gr. of the subnitrate with magnesia and mucilage, and Monneret, who gave many drachms for a dose, are strong advocates of its advantages. The latter observer states that he had seen many persons who were apparently dying with tuberculous diarrhoea, restored for a time to comparative health ("Medico - Chirurgical Transactions," v., p. 31, and Bulletin, v., p. 47), but the results of others have not been so favorable. The persistent diarrhoea of enteric fever is sometimes well treated in the same manner.