2691. In Syphilis, Sulphuric Acid Was, At One Time, Proposed As A Remedy

Mr. Pearson* states that, in those cases in which Mercury is inadmissible, and which are attended with some degree of hectic, he has found Dilute Sulphuric Acid a useful remedy, affording a temporary check to the progress of the disease; that he has often seen it arrest the progress of venereal ulcers of the tonsils, and almost entirely remove eruptions of the skin; but these effects were only temporary, the disease reappearing when the medicine was discontinued. When, however, ulcers of the penis, groin, or throat, were indisposed to heal under a mercurial course, he found permanent benefit accrue from its use. In Syphilitic Eruptions of the Skin, Dr. Schedel states that he has seen the best effects produced by its internal administration; and Dr. Fricke; states that Sulphuric Acid baths (fij. of the strong acid to each bath) exert a favourable influence.

2692. In Mercurial Ptyalism, Mr

Pearson§; found great benefit from this acid, given internally, and used as a gargle, in conjunction with Decoct. CinehonAe.

2693. In Entropium, the local application of the strong acid to the eyelid has been sometimes substituted for the scissors, &c. A fine wooden point is dipped into the strong acid, and transverse lines are drawn with it across the eyelid; a portion of skin is thus destroyed, and by subsequent cicatrization the eyelid will return to its normal position. It is more painful, and not so certain a remedy as the scissors, as it is impossible to regulate exactly the quantity of skin surface destroyed; and if too much is removed, the disease will be converted into Ectropium.

2694. In some Cutaneous Diseases, the internal use of this acid proves highly beneficial. Dr. A. Thompson|| found it cure Scabies, when other remedies had failed; and in Pruritus it was used by Mr. Clutterbuck* with the best effects. I have seen benefit from it in some forms of Lichen and in Urticaria. In Eczema, Scabies, Tinea Capitis, &c., an ointment composed of fl. drm. j. of the Acid, and oz. j. of Lard, proves highly useful. In Ephelis, the diluted acid (f3j. ad Aq. fviij.) is advised as a lotion by Bateman. In the Bites of Rabid Animals, Dr. W. Frazer considers that the strong acid is the best caustic that can be employed.

* On various Articles of Mat. Med., &c., pp. 189 - 191. Lib. of Med., vol. i. p. 410.

Quoted by Dr. Graves, Clin. Lect., vol. ii. p. 427. § Op. cit. || Lancet, April 1842.

2695. In Paralysis, Chronic Rheumatism, Chronic Affections of the Joints, particularly in Morbus Coxarius, great benefit is stated to have resulted from the persevering use of the Sulphuric Acid ointment (Acid fl. drm. j., Lard fl. oz. j.): its action is that of a powerful irritant.