This section is from the book "Materia Medica And Therapeutics Inorganic Substances", by Charles D. F. Phillips. Also available from Amazon: Materia medica and therapeutics.
Dr. Shortt, the eminent ophiologist of Madras, has recorded indisputable evidence of its value when quickly and largely used after the bite of venomous snakes. He gives it in several ways in order to saturate the blood as soon as possible: thus internally, 20 min. are ordered with 1 oz. of brandy and 1/2 oz. of water; 1 dr. is injected into the veins every hour, and general and local bathing with a strong solution (4 oz. to the bath) is constantly practised (Medical Times, ii., 1873).1
1 M. de Lacerda has recently reported that intravenous injection of a 1 per cent. solution of permanganate, soon after an injection of snake venom, has proved antidotal in dogs (October, 1881).