Mr. Lawrence§ states that he has seen great benefit from its use, in doses of gr. iv. - v. thrice daily, dissolved in Decoct. SarzAe. In Mercurial and Syphilitic Rheumatism, it also proves highly serviceable.
Watson || found the Iodide, in doses of gr. v. - vj., work a speedy and permanent cure. I have found it vry effectual in numerous cases.
2278. In Sciatica and Lumbago, when of a sub-acute or chronic character, and the patient has to follow his out-door avocations, Dr. Graves strongly advises the Iodide, in doses of 3jdaily, dissolved in Decoct. SarzAe. In his own person, and in many other cases, he found it most efficacious.
M. Briquet relates a case of two years' standing, in which there was complete loss of feeling over the whole of one side, and which yielded in two months to the Iodide, in doses of gr. x. - xviij. daily. In an instance of that form of Paralysis named Paralysie Musculaire Atrophique, the Iodide was successfully prescribed by Mr. F. Taylor.** It was given in doses of gr. v. three times a day, and muscular power began to return soon after it was commenced, other treatment having previously failed.
* Lancet. Dec. 10, 1842. Med. Times, Dec. 2, 1848. Essay on Gout, p. 810. § Med. Gaz., Jan. 5, 1839. || Lectures, vol. i. p. 717.
¶ Dublin Journ., vol. xviii. p. 245; and Clin. Lect., vol. i. p. 496.
** Med. Times and Gaz., July 11, 1863.
2280. In Chronic Inflammation and Enlargement of the Liver, the Iodide, given in combination with Taraxacum, exercises a beneficial influence. Dr. Copland* observes that it is chiefly when enlargement, obstruction, or torpor of the liver occurs after periodic fevers, or in the scrofulous diathesis, that he has found the Iodide of Potassium, employed externally or internally, or both, and in conjunction with other deobstruents, as Liq. PotassAe, or alternated with purgatives, the most serviceable. In Dropsy connected with disease of the Liver, he regards it as a most valuable deobstruent and diuretic, and more to be depended upon than any other medicine. In that form of Dropsy which occurs after Scarlet Fever, Dr. Graves also states that lie can speak with the greatest confidence of the Iodide; and that he has employed it with signal benefit in Hypertrophy of the Liver. Dr. Mackenzie found the Iodide, internally administered, very effectual in curing MuscAe Volitantes depending upon hepatic derangement. In Tabes Mesenterica, the internal use of the Iodide, in small and repeated doses, has a marked influence in reducing the tumid state of the abdomen, in improving the appetite and the state of the stools, and in establishing the general health.
iij. - v. thrice daily, has sometimes been administered advantageously; appearing to favour the absorption of effused fluid (Dr. Joy.§) In Hypertrophy of the Heart, also, the long-continued use of small doses of the Iodide appears, in some cases, to exercise a beneficial influence. It requires to be persevered in for a considerable length of time. In Aneurism of the Aorta, M. Bouil-laud found the Iodide produce the best effects in diminishing the size of the tumour. He gave gr. xv. and subsequently gr. xxx. daily for two months. In two cases in which he employed it, the results were most satisfactory.
2282. In Pneumonia, when the fever is removed, but the lung remains partially hepatized, or much engorged, Dr. Copland || has found small doses of the Iodide with Liq. PotassAe, in a weak decoction of Senega or Sarsaparilla, of great service; frequent recourse being had, at the same time, to blisters or to rubefacient embrocations to the chest. A similar treatment is very efficacious in Chronic Pneumonia. In Chronic Pleurisy, the internal administration of the Iodide is useful in inducing absorption of the effused fluid. (Sect. 1628.) The side at the same time may be painted with Tinct. Iodi, or a solution of Iodine.
* Dict. Pract. Med., vol. ii. pp.746, 758 Clin. Lect., vol. i. pp. 352,452, &c.
Edin. Med. Surg. Journ., July 1, 1845. § Lib. of Med., vol. iii. p. 325. || Diet. Pract. Med., vol. ii. p. 776.