Notes on the Newer Remedies: Their Therapeutic Applications and Modes of Administration, Second Edition Page: 23
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name of alumnol. It is said to be the salt of a sulphon-
ated organic acid and to contain 15 per cent. of silver
and 5 per cent. of aluminum.
Physical Properties.-This drug occurs as a white or
reddish-white non-hygroscopic powder.
Solubility.-This remedy is readily soluble in water,
glycerin, and warm alcohol.
Therapeutic Applications.-Alumnol has been found
of great service in the treatment of gonorrhoea and
endometritis gonorrhoica, in soft chancres, erosions, and
balanitis. It is highly recommended in acute and
chronic cutaneous inflammatory processes. As an anti-
septic it is suggested in the treatment of middle-ear
disease, being said to arrest suppuration and excretion
and to promote the rapid healing of wounds.
Administration.-As a local remedy, as in gonor-
rhoea, alumnol may be administered in solution of the
strength of I per cent. For endometritis it may be
employed in the form of suppositories of the strength
of from 2 to 5 per cent. For chronic diseases of the
skin concentrated solutions of a strength varying from
Io to 50o per cent. are recommended. Alumnol plaster
and varnish have been used in the latter cases with al-
leged good results.1
I Aluminum boroformate is spoken of as a disinfectant astringent. It
occurs in pearl-like crystals which are very soluble in water. On account
of its mild action, boro/ormate of aluminum is suggested for use in throat
diseases of children, but so far no therapeutic data have been published.
Two other salts of aluminum have recently been introduced: sa/lumin and
tannal, which are respectively the aluminum salicvlate and the aluminum
tannate. The salicylate of aluminum exerts an astringent and irritant
action, and is recommended in the form of insufflations or in ammoniated
solutions in the local treatment of pharyngitis and ozena. The tannate of
aluminum is also an astringent, and has been tried with advantage in the
local treatment of laryngitis, pharyngitis, and catarrhal rhinitis, in the form
of a spray or gargle or by insufflation. The double salt of aluminum
tanno-tartrate, which is very soluble and non-irritant, is employed likewise
as a substitute for the tannal, in the form of a gargle or spray from solutions
in water or glycerin. Gallal, or the gallae of aluminum, may be used for
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Cerna, David. Notes on the Newer Remedies: Their Therapeutic Applications and Modes of Administration, Second Edition, book, 1894; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth143542/m1/22/: accessed November 18, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries.