The common use of Elaterium, as a hydragogue cathartic is well known. I desire to call attention again to its direct action as described by Prof. King in the Eclectic Medical Journal, January, 1870, page 16. He claims that it is specific for "Chronic Inflammation of the Neck of the Bladder." Since the article was published I have received reports from two physicians as to its efficiency. He prepared the tincture by adding one drachm of Elaterium to one pint of Alcohol. Dose, half a fluid drachm three times a day until it acted upon the bowels, then six or eight drops.
Specific Medication and Specific Medicines, 1870, was written by John M. Scudder, M.D.