ALUM. A kind of mineral salt of an acid taste, leaving in the mouth a sense of sweetness accompanied with a considerable degree of astringency. Whether exhibited externally or internally, it is one of the most powerful astringents known. The most important use, however, of alum, in veterinary medicine, is that of a topical application to sores, or as a styptic. Burnt alum, finely powdered, aud sprinkled on fungous flesh, restrains its growth, or de1 stroys it when already produced. Dissolved in water and applied to ulcers on pledgets of tow, it promotes their healing; and is useful also when applied as a lotion to strains, bruises etc.
Harewood, Harry. A Dictionary of Sports. London: T. Tegg and son, 1835.
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