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.
Many observers agree in attributing benefit to the chlorate in strumous asthenic conditions, more or less allied to phthisis. Dr. Harkin used it in all forms of scrofulous glandular ulcerations. Mr. Weeden Cooke praised it in "scrofula," and in the generally impaired condition which follows exanthematous disease (Lancet, ii., 1869). It has also acted well in improving the general state during pregnancy, and even in preventing the recurrence of abortion (Edinburgh Medical Journal, 1866). The early reputation of potash in struma was founded mainly on the success of Brandish with liquor potassae, but good air and hygiene were essential elements in his cures. This medicine will sometimes induce the absorption of glandular tumors, but cannot be considered curative of the constitutional taint; it is now practically replaced by iodide of iron and cod-liver oil.