625. Therapeutic Uses

In Scrofula and Scrofulous Affections, the Phosphate of Lime is highly spoken of by Dr. Benche.* He considers, that although it cannot be said really to cure the scrofulous disease, yet that it is of the most eminent service as a palliative. In Scrofulous Ulcers, it was given with the most marked benefit, in doses of gr. viij. - gr. xx. daily. It should be taken with the breakfast, dinner, and supper, so as to be thoroughly mixed with the food. In Scrofulous Diarrhoea, he also obtained from it, in doses of gr. vj. - x. daily, the most marked and satisfactory results.

626. In Chronic Syphilitic Ulcers, Given As Above, He Also Found It Highly Useful

627. In Rickets, it has been administered, on the theory that this disease arises from a deficiency of lime in the system; but the treatment has not been always found successful. Bonhomme employed it without benefit. Dr. Budd. however, reports very favourably of the practice. He gives gr. v. - x. in chalk mixture thrice daily, adding a chalybeate if anaemia is present. He believes that the deterioration in the teeth of children is due to the insufficient supply of inorganic constituents of these organs in the food, and suggests, as an article of diet, biscuits containing a portion of the Phosphate. In promoting the formation of Callus in fractured bones, the evidence of M. Milne-Edwards, § whose experiments were performed on animals, is decidedly favourable to the internal administration of the Phosphate. He believes that it may be usefully employed as an adjuvant - expediting the union in ordinary fractures, and tending to prevent non-solida-tion in others. M. Gosselin* also speaks favourably of its use in minimum doses of gr. viiss. daily.

* Lancet, April 19, 1851.

Duncan's Annals for 1797.

British Med. Journ., June 7, 1857.

§ Comptes Rendus, 1856, vol. xi. p. 631.

628. In Intermittents, the Phosphate of Lime, mixed with one-sixth of its weight of washed Sulphur, has been advised by Mr. A. Blacklock, Madras Medical Establishment. He states that he has found it most efficacious; that it may be given with advantage in all cases and in all stages of well-marked intermittent fevers; that its use should be preceded by a purgative; and that the only symptoms which contra-indicate its employment are, - 1, a change in the usual appearance of the tongue (in intermittent), and its acquiring a white, shaggy, or villous coating; and 2, the fever assuming a remittent form. Under these circumstances Quinine should be had recourse to. The dose of the Phosphate of Lime and Sulphur for adults is gr. cxx. thrice daily, in treacle, &c. It should be continued steadily until the usual period for the expected fever has passed without any febrile return. The dose for children between the ages of 2 and 5, is gr. xxx.; between 5 and 12, gr. lx.; and after that age, gr. cxx. thrice daily. Low diet should be enforced, and all acid vegetables and fruits and garlic prohibited.