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Mr. Spencer Wells traced improvement in septicaemic uterine cases to the use of hyposulphites (Medical Times, ii., 1864).
McCall Anderson cured eruptions of furunculi with 1/2-dr. doses of sulphite of soda (Lancet, i., 1870, p. 897), and Dr. Ricci, chronic pemphigus with sulphite of magnesia (Dublin Journal, vol. xxxvi.). Dr. C. B. Rad-cliffe, when suggesting the use of the same salt in cattle plague, states that he has seen good results from it in fevers (Lancet, i., 1870, p. 897).
Snow Beck used frequent vaginal injections of sulphite of soda in puerperal fever, and gave internally the sulphites of lime or magnesia, and advocated this treatment as better than any other (Lancet, i., 1865, p. 340). Sulphite of soda in 2-dr. doses daily (readily taken in beef-tea) proved valuable in pyaemia in the Liverpool Infirmary (Medical Times, ii., 1868, p. 336), and Dr. Miller, while reporting the hyposulphite ineffectual in typhus, found it distinctly of service when given early in septicaemic cases connected with parturition (Edinburgh Journal, September, 1869). This is not a large amount of evidence, and, though more might be collected from foreign sources, it would not be enough to place this medication yet on an assured basis, but considering how serious a condition is in question, it well deserves further inquiry. Of course, if blood-poisoning have reached beyond a certain point, recovery is not possible under any treatment, and if the salts employed be not fresh and pure, failure also will result; irritation of stomach and intestinal tract may also hinder their employment, and I think that sulphurous acid is really a better form to employ than its alkaline compounds; but whichever be chosen should be early and thoroughly given. There is no objection to combining this medication with the internal use of aconite, and with all recognized remedies to promote elimination.