Excessive indulgence in animal food or in wine may cause an over-secretion of lithic acid.
Most commonly it is composed of a lithic acid or mulberry nucleus, and an external crust of the fusible calculus.
Acids dissolve a phosphatic, and Alkalies or their carbonates a lithic deposit, in the body, as well as out of it.
I have also seen it connected, as lithic acid frequently is, with a tendency to cutaneous disease.
Hence we are able to trace its conversion into lithic forms until finally its origin disappears in its absorption in later styles.
It has been used as a solvent for lithic calculi, and in gout, &c.—Dose, 15 to 30 gr.
A suppression of the secretion of the skin causes a lithic deposit in some cases, as in a common "cold."
Alkalies are thus of use in a tendency to lithic acid deposit.
The deposits in which solvents are appropriate are termed respectively lithic and Phosphatic.
For the solvent passes out along with each successive quantity of the lithic or Phosphatic matter that is formed and excreted.