Other tomes: Potter
Synonyms—Subgallate of Bismuth. Dermatol.
Specific Symptomatology—Thornton says it is a specific in gastric troubles, usually those of a sub-acute character, in which there are a white tongue, acid eructations, feeling of weight in the stomach after meals—bloating, diarrheal discharges at irregular intervals, general dilation of vessels.
Therapy—This agent performs the function of the subnitrate in nearly every particular, but is more actively astringent and antiseptic. Although toxic properties have not yet been observed to any great extent, they are undoubtedly present in the agent. In all conditions in which iodoform has been used in surgery, this agent has been substituted with results in most cases equally as satisfactory. It apparently acts in a similar manner, destroying the ptomaines, and thus rendering the germ inert. In an ointment with lanolin or with equal parts of lanolin and zinc ointment, in the proportion of one dram of this substance to the ounce, its use is advised in all the cases we have named for the subnitrate. It is praised for its action upon moist eczema. In all the cases of gastric and intestinal inflammation, and as an agent to control vomiting, this agent is used in much the same manner as the subnitrate, in doses of from three to ten grains.
The American Materia Medica, Therapeutics and Pharmacognosy, 1919, was written by Finley Ellingwood, M.D.
It was scanned by Michael Moore for the Southwest School of Botanical Medicine.