1336. In Gout, the decoction (ante) has been extensively employed by the German physicians. Dr. Copland observes that it is more suitable to the atonic or chronic states of the disease than to the acute. It is, however, sometimes useful, conjoined with alkalies and anodynes, after the bowels have been freely evacuated, in old cases and in debilitated habits. The decoction, or the Ammoniated Tincture, are the best forms in these cases.
Vesalius, Willis, Hoffmann, and others, extolled its virtues; but it has fallen into disuse. It was considered especially useful, if the disease was connected with a syphilitic taint.