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.
Lime-water was long since commended for the treatment of suppurating glands, and of ulcerations, as well internally as locally (Shapter, Pereira). The phosphate was especially found serviceable, though not always curative, in the different manifestations of scrofula, by Beneke (Lancet, 1851), and by Stone (New Orleans Medi-cal Journal, and Bulletin Gen., 1852, t. xlii., p. 229); while Beddoes, Four-croy, A. T. Thomson, and more lately Dr. W. Begbie, have reported very good results from the chloride. Dr. Beddoes collected upward of one hundred cases, including many of so-called "tabes mesenterica," and Dr. Begbie has corroborated the good results to be obtained from doses of 10 to 20 gr. daily. He records also good cases of the subsidence of enlarged parotid and lymphatic glands under the same medicine, when iodine and cod-liver oil had failed to cure (Edinburgh Medical Journal, July, 1872). It must be stated, however, that in the experience of most other observers, these latter remedies have superseded lime salts, and that Mr. Benjamin Phillips and other writers on scrofula have expressed themselves much less favorably concerning them.
Of late years, a mineral water in the West Indies has obtained great repute in the treatment of glandular enlargements, and has been found to contain calcium chloride, though in small proportion. The "Bridge of Allan" waters contain it, and have a purgative effect in consequence. I have myself given the chloride a fair trial in 1 to 5-gr. doses twice daily for lymphatic disease in children, and have sometimes seen good results from it when persevered with; though, as a rule, I prefer the carbonate to other lime compounds.