Potass Bichromate and Potass Chlorate
I would like to suggest in response to the request made by Dr. S. M. Henry in the October THERAPEUTIST that he give his son the bichromate of potassium when his tongue is coated with a yellowish coat, and that he change to the chlorate of potassium after meals when the tongue becomes bluish, as it sometimes will. The chlorate of potassium is certainly a specific for certain forms of nervousness, when it is not contraindicated by acidity of the stomach. It is always specific for foul breath, as an antiseptic. I have had it relieve some of my bad cases of so-called water brash, when it was caused by nervous irritation. Prof. J. M. Scudder in his specific diagnosis recommends bichromate of potassium, especially in catarrhal conditions, when the tongue has a yellowish coating. This is also one of the indications for Podophyllum. I have sometimes used the two remedies in conjunction.
LENA R. WHITFORD, M. D.
Ellingwood's Therapeutist, Vol. 2, 1908, was edited by Finley Ellingwood M.D.