This section is from the book "Materia Medica And Therapeutics: An Introduction to the National Treatment of Disease", by John Mitchell Bruce. Also available from Amazon: The pharmacology and therapeutics of the materia medica.
Characters. - An oily liquid, colourless, odourless, with a sweet pungent taste. Specific gravity, 1.60. Slightly soluble in water; freely in fats, oil, alcohol, and ether. Highly explosive, and, when mixed with infusorial earth, constitutes dynamite. Never used in the pure state.
Liquor Nitroglycerine. - 1 gr. in 100 min. of rectified spirit. Dose, 1/2 to 2 min.; in water, or as a chocolate tablet.
This powerful substance closely resembles in its action the nitrites of amyl and soda; its activity being apparently due to nitrous acid formed by its decomposition within the body. It is used for the same class of cases, such as angina pectoris, chronic heart disease, sea-sickness, and asthma and other spasmodic disorders.