A popular remedy is an aqueous solution of Tartar Emetic (gr. j. to Aq. fij-), to which is added T. Opii gutt. xx. Of this a teaspoonful is a dose. It is stated to be very efficacious (Watson). Generally speaking, however, Ipecacuanha is a preferable remedy for children. It may also be used externally as a counter-irritant.
In Amaurosis, Tartar Emetic has been highly extolled by the French physicians. After an Anti-monial Emetic, they continue the remedy, so as to keep up a slight degree of nausea. In England it has not sustained its character. Mr. Travers * states that, although he gave it a full and fair trial, he does not remember one instance in which it produced decided benefit. It is particularly recommended in Amaurosis arising from a deranged state of the digestive organs.
* Ann. Medico-Psych. July, 1850. Practice of Midwifery, p. 488. Rust's Magazine for 1831. § Lond. Med. Gaz. vol. xviii
|| Med. Gaz. Feb. 9, 1849. ¶ Lancet, 1834-5. ** Dublin Journ. 1835.
of Montpellier, successfully employed Tartar Emetic in large doses. It proved effectual in several cases in which Mercury had previously failed. Blisters to the nape of the neck were employed at the same time. In this way a powerful revulsion from the affected organ was established, while the activity of the general circulation was subdued. Antimonial Emetics, in the early stage of Purulent Ophthalmia, were first employed by Mr Saunders, and have since been highly recommended by various authors. Amongst others, Dr. Maxwell speaks favourably of their use in the Purulent Ophthalmia of India. In Chronic Ophthalmia and Spots on the Cornea, a solution (gr. j. - Aq. fl. drs. ij.) has been occasionally used as a stimulant collyrium.