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There is a general consensus of opinion as to the power of lime salts to relieve uterine hemorrhage. Dr. Rigby published a marked case dependent on "fibrous tumor" (Medical Times, ii., 1854) treated by the chloride, and Dr. Rogers, Dr. Routh, and others have recorded similar experience; doses of 10 drops of the liquor calcis chloridi, increasing by degrees to 30 or 40 drops, and continued for some months, are recommended (Ranking, 1871; Lancet, 1873). In too early and too profuse menstruation, I have been accustomed for many years to prescribe the carbonate of lime with much success. Mr. Spencer Wells believes that the chloride acts by leading to atheroma of vessels, and hence is useful in lessening the growth of uterine fibroids, and may even cause their disappearance (British Medical Journal, i., 1868). Certainly, in some instances under my care, uterine and other tumors have diminished under treatment by carbonate and chloride of lime.
It is true, as remarked by Dr. Meadows, that large quantities have been given to many patients with uterine fibroid tumor without any result, and he ridicules the idea of any possible promotion of calcification by such means (Lancet, ii., 1873, p. 3): he argues that a natural process of atrophy may occur, and that calcarcous degeneration is only a consequence, not a cause of this. Dr. Meadows ridicules equally the idea of lime curing rachitis: but no reasoning from probabilities should prevent our appreciating clinical facts.