472 METALS—THE NOBLER.
if dependent on constitutional causes. Its habitual wear promotes
longevity ; whilst its adoption in early life by children with a
scrofulous taint is an assured preventive of any mischievous
development thereof, as the growth proceeds, and the bodily system
by personal wear, can indisputably repress and relieve epilepsy, and
allied nervous seizures. Its employment further protects against
neuralgic attacks those persons who are liable to suffer therefrom. It
aids in healing sores when there is only a languid, and inefficient
natural power to bring about a cure of the same. It preserves the hair,
and helps to conserve its colour, even onward to advanced life. Again,
it specially fortifies the bronchial membranes, and the throat, against
hoarseness, and catarrhal fluxes.
remedial activities of Gold, and of Silver (especially the former),
speaking from a chemical point of view rather than in the abstract,
become enhanced whilst bathing is being pursued in the sea. Chlorides
of the metals, (which should be as pure as possible,) are then formed,
which, being soluble, are more or less absorbed by the skin upon which
these metals are being worn.
adoption of Platinum jewelry (which is not common) will assist to
operate against chronic constipation through intestinal torpor ; and
will thus afford help against the depression of spirits which is
generally associated with this difficulty. Platinum is peculiarly
beneficial to women, when chosen for personal wear.
which can be put into forms of personal ornaments without entailing
singularity, is of admirable service against bacterial assaults, such
as underlie typhoid fever, cholera, and harmful toxication by