This section is from the book "A Text-Book Of Pharmacology, Therapeutics And Materia Medica", by T. Lauder Brunton. Also available from Amazon: A text-book of pharmacology, therapeutics and materia medica.
Characters. - It is a greyish-white, deliquescent powder with a strongly alkaline reaction.
Uses. - It is used for the same purposes and in the same manner as caustic potash, but being less deliquescent its action is slower and more limited; it is thus more easily restricted to the part which it is wished to destroy, and is less liable to spread.