calomel :

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  • n  a tasteless colorless powder used medicinally as a cathartic

  • Favorite drugs were "mercurials, calomel, opium, niter, Glauber's salts, Dover's powders, jalap, Peruvian barkand by the 1840s, quinine" in heroic doses.
  • One compound of mercury (calomel, mercurous chloride) is a useful purge.
  • The Libman treatment: a dose of calomel, a saline purge, enemas of carbonate of soda, instillations of colon bacilli in the large bowel and bicarbonate of soda night and morning.

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