Alkalies, especially in effervescence, greatly relieve the thirst and other distressing symptoms in various fevers, and they promote elimination by the skin and the kidneys, etc. The chlorate has been recommended in enteric fever by Chomel, but has not been largely given; in scarlet fever, I, with others, have found it of much advantage (Watson, Copland); even in yellow fever, in the later stages, it is said to do good (Medical Times, i., 1875).