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. Lombe Atthill has had the best results from applications of strong nitric acid to the interior of the uterus, in cases of fungoid granulation and excessive hemorrhage: lint bound on a uterine probe conveys the caustic through a small speculum placed in the cervix (Obstetrical Journal, June, 1873, and Treatise). It is a good application also in chronic inflammatory disease of the same part and in granular erosion of cervix if there be not excessive tenderness (British Medical Journal, i., 1876). H. Lee has found the acid good in uterine disease, if the mucous membrane be not too much thickened; it is important that it be not diluted by secretion, and that an alkaline injection be used after it (Lancet, i., 1874). As injurious effects have sometimes followed the use of nitrate of mercury and of strong iron solutions, I myself prefer the nitric acid for vaginal and uterine disease of the kinds named, but in cases of hemorrhage from the vagina or uterine neck, connected, e.g., with carcinoma, I think the perchloride or persulphate of iron mixed with glycerin, are better haemostatics.