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.
Mr. Hutchinson has strongly recommended the continuous use of lead lotions in operative surgery. Within about six hours of any serious amputation he applies over and near the part, compresses soaked in a lotion containing 1/2 oz. of liquor plumbi, and 1 1/2 oz. of spirit of wine, in a pint of water, and kept constantly moistened every half-hour for several days and nights. This constant attention is essential to success, and is the only troublesome part of the treatment, which seems to prevent inflammation, to have some antiseptic power, and certainly to promote union by first intention - no poisonous symptoms have been observed from it (Lancet, i., 1875). Zeissl advocated a similar dressing for bubo, after observing the unfavorable results of routine treatment by incision, etc., as carried out in certain German hospitals; he kept the surface constantly covered with linen soaked in solution of basic acetate of lead, and found that inflammation and suppuration were much controlled, and convalescence hastened (Medical Times, i., 1872, p. 521).