Some very interesting cases illustrative of the beneficial effects of the Chlorate in these cases, are recorded by Mr. Sayle. || He employed the following formula: - Potas. Chlor. j., Infus. GentianAe fiss., M. ft. haust. ter in die sum. In each case in which it was given, it effected a cure in a few weeks. Mr. Alison.¶ also, testifies to its efficacy. Dr. Drysdale* * details an interesting case of Infantile Syphilis cured by the Chlorate without the aid of Mercury or Iodine: -Potass. Chlor. 3j., Aq. Oj., M. Dose, a teaspoonful four times a day. Mr. Alling-ham. also, has published a number of cases of Syphilis in Infants cured by the administration four times a day of one or two teaspoonfuls of a saturated solution of Chlorate of Potash, with from eiij. - v. of dilute Hydrochloric Acid. The mothers, when the infants were suckling, took daily an ounce of the same solution. To Cachectic Ulcerations, the Chlorate finely powdered and locally applied with the finger proved very serviceable in the practice of Mr. Hutchinson. It produces a sharp smarting for a short time, but this soon subsides. The cases for which it seems best suited are Ulcers of the Leg, Open Buboes, Simple Sores on the Skin of the Penis, and Cracked Nipples. It may likewise be given internally. In Fcetor of Breath, a good mouth wash is a solution of the Chlorate (gr. xc.) in sweetened water fl. oz. iv.
* Med.-Chir. Rev., vol. Ixxx.
Med.-Chir. Trans., vol. xxvi. p. 112.
Lancet, March 7, 1846.
§ Braithwaite's Retrospect, xlv. p. 100, 1862.
|| Med. Times, vol xviii. pp. 39, 96. ¶ Ibid.
** Dub. Med Press, Dec. 3, 1862 Med. Times and Gaz., Oct. 31, 1863. Lancet, Dec. 26, 1857.
2198. In Chronic Mucous Diarrhoea, with whitish, greyish, or mucilage-like stools, arising from the absence of bile, &c, Dr. Copland* states that he has prescribed the Chlorate, conjoined with Pulv. Tragac. Co. and aromatics, with great benefit. In Infantile Cholera, when it passes into a dysenteric state, when the exhaustion is great, and the stools offensive, he also administered the Chlorate, in the same combination, with advantage. In Chronic or Asthenic Jaundice, accompanied by a torpid state of the liver, he also advises the Chlorate, which may, in this case, be advantageously conjoined with the Carbonate of Soda, or with other substances.
2199. In Chronic Bronchitis, particularly when it occurs in persons advanced in life, and in children, when it has assumed a chronic form after hooping-cough, or the exanthemata, Dr. Copland states that he has occasionally seen benefit from the internal exhibition of the Chlorate of Potash in doses, for adults, of from gr. ij. to gr. vj., three or four times a day. In Phthisis, the Chlorate is advocated by Dr. Fountain, of Iowa. He considers that it aids the functions of respiration by supplying the blood with oxygen. He prescribes it to the extent of ss. daily in divided doses. Its claims have also been advocated by Dr. Harkin,§ of Belfast. He speaks of it as most potent in controlling the hectic symptoms and colliquative diarrhoea, without increasing the perspirations, as ordinary astringents do. In some advanced cases of Phthisis, however, in which it was tried by Prof. A. Flint,|| of New York, it failed to afford relief. Dr. Harkin also speaks warmly of its value in Scrofula, when given in doses of gr. v. - xx. four times daily, dissolved in pure water. He states that ten or fifteen days generally suffice to heal extensive Ulcerations of the Cervical and Sub-maxillary Glands; and that Scrofulous Enlargements and Strumous Ophthalmia yield rapidly to its use. For Tumours and Enlarged Scrofulous Joints, he applies locally, in addition to its internal administration, an ointment containing 3ij. of the powdered salt to j. of lard.
2200. In Erysipelas supervening upon Anasarca, or if there be any tendency to Gangrene, or if the temperature of the surface be low, and the colour deep or dark, Dr. Copland ¶ advises the internal use of the Chlorate with the Tincture of Cinchona or Camphor, or both. In Urticaria, Mr. Erasmus Wilson** states that he has sometimes succeeded in quelling the pruritus of this and other eruptions, by the use of a lotion containing the Chlorate of Potash.
* Dict. Pract. Med., vol. i. and ii. Ibid., vol. i. p. 264. Amer. Journ. of Med. Sei., Sept. 1860. § Dub. Quart. Med. Journ., Nov.
|| Amer. Quart. Journ. of Med., Oct. 1861.
¶ Dict. Pract. Med., vol. i. p. 829.
*• Diseases of the Skin, p. 159.