Bell, of Edinburgh, states that for five and twenty years he has constantly employed the Tincture, internally, with the best effects. In no instance did it fail to afford relief, and the patient has generally been left in a more robust state of health than he was previously. After the administration of a brisk purgative, he advises, if the disease be mild, to give exv. of the Tincture every two hours, until the disease is completely removed. When the attack threatens to be more severe, the dose is increased to exxv. every two hours, and persevered in night and day, however high the fever and delirium. The only local applications employed are hair-powder and cotton wadding. The bowels, throughout the whole treatment, should be carefully regulated. The diet should be generous. He relates seven cases in which the remedy was productive of unequivocal benefit. Dr. Charles Bell, brother of the above gentleman, also bears testimony to the value of this remedy, particularly in Infantile Erysipelas, in which cases it may be given in doses of eij. - iij. every two hours. He adds, "The beneficial effects of this medicine are so immediate and invariable in the common forms of Erysipelas, that I feel convinced, were it given with boldness and perseverance in Puerperal Fever, which is now generally admitted to be analogous in its nature, and frequently accompanied by erysipelatous inflammation on the surface of the body, many valuable lives might be preserved." Mr. H. Meade § was led, from the great success he met with in the treatment of Erysipelas by this agent, to extend its use to Scarlatina, and he speaks in the highest terms of its efficacy in this affection. He prescribes ev. - xv., according to the age of the patient, every three or four hours.' To ulceration of the throat, he applies a solution of the Nitrate of Silver. In Diphtheria, its value as an internal remedy is very favourably spoken of by Dr. Ranking.* In Purpura Hemorrhagica, it is regarded by M. Pize as pre-eminently the agent for the cure of the disease. He states that it arrests the hAemorrhagic tendency in twenty-four or forty-eight hours, and that when continued for a few days it rapidly brings about convalescence.
* Lancet, Oct. 25, 1862.
cyc. Pract. Med , vol. ii. p. 657.
Monthly Journ. of Med. Sciences, June 1851.
§ Med. Times and Gaz., June 26, 1858.
E. Wilson prescribes the salts of Iron internally, but prefers the Tinct. Ferri Sesquichlor. in doses of ex. thrice daily, for a child of ten years old. If the disease is associated with Scrofula, it may be combined with Cod Liver Oil.
drs. iss. - fl. drs. ij. in Aq. fl. oz. vj.) is often effectual in arresting the hAemorrhage. In Hemorrhage from Leech-bites, the pure Tincture is a good styptic; and in that after the extraction of teeth, it was found by Mr. Cochrane § to succeed when every other remedy had failed.
1207. To Venereal Warts and spongy Granulations, the undiluted Tincture, locally applied, is a safe and efficient caustic.