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The power which bromides possess of stimulating absorption led to their use in cases of uterine fibroid, and Simpson recorded successful results (Medical Times, ii., 1859, p. 599), also Graily Hewitt (Medical Times, i., 1861).
The Kreuznach waters, which contain bromides and iodides, have long enjoyed a special reputation in such cases; but, if we are to judge by a discussion of some years ago, many eminent authorities in London have seen little or no advantage from them (Medical Times, i., 1857). My own experience, however, and personal observations made at Kreuznach, have satisfied me that a course of these waters does often diminish the congestion and the fibroid growths, although their good effects probably are not wholly due to their containing bromides and iodides. In many of my cases the waters have also removed or reduced dense infiltrated deposits around the growths, and have given much relief and comfort to the patient (v. p. 166).
If the patient is suffering from marked anaemia and from continued loss when she first applies for advice, considerable relief to the symptom may be given for a time by the internal administration of the perchloride, especially when combined with ergot; it may possibly be required as a styptic to the cut surface after incision of the cervix; in cases of emergency, plugging of the vagina with saturated tampons is a valuable temporary resource.