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Cases of this disorder recorded as cured by the use of iodides were probably dependent on syphilitic deposits, or inflammatory or rheumatic effusions pressing upon nerve-trunks. In such cases it is certainly possible for these remedies to produce the necessary absorption and consequent cure.
Muscular Paralysis, acute and general in character, has sometimes yielded to the iodides in a remarkable manner, as instanced in a case of Dr. Murchison's (Lancet, ii., 1867). The man, aged twenty-six, had gradual loss of power and wasting first of the left, then of the right limbs, and then of respiratory muscles, and apparently progressive paralysis, with moderate pain, and no cerebral symptoms; he got worse under iron, arsenic, and galvanism, but improved markedly under iodide. Another case is given in Medical Times, ii., 1863; both were connected, probably, with a spinal meningitis.
Cerebral Palsy is not usually treated by iodides, but Dr. Sieveking considers that advantage may be derived from their eliminant action after acute symptoms have subsided (Medical Times, i., 1857). They may act usefully by regulating and equalizing the circulation, as well as by aiding absorption of any inflammatory products.