By A B G Lansdown
A accomplished account of the heritage of silver in medication, its scientific merits and merits as a wide spectrum antimicrobial agent. content material: Foreword; creation; Silver: chemistry and organic interactions; Uptake and metabolism of silver within the human physique; Silver as an antibiotic; Silver in healthcare: scientific merits vs security in use; scientific use of silver in human drugs; dialogue and conclusions; Acknowledgements; References summary: A finished account of the background of silver in drugs, its scientific merits and merits as a extensive spectrum antimicrobial agent. learn more...
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Records show that silver nitrate solutions [AgNO3, United States Pharmacopeia (USP)] were introduced into pharmacopoeias in the 19th century as Argenti nitras or lunar caustic as astringents, strong antiseptics and caustic agents for ablation of warts and stimulation of ulcers and granulations. 121 Painting with a 10–20% solution achieved the same objective, but these preparations were a serious irritant to the skin. In surgery and in wound clinics, silver nitrate pencils or sticks are still available for treatment of calluses, warts and cosmetically unsightly granulations.
19,38,115 A novel silver hydrogel-impregnated catheter designed to reduce catheter-associated urinary tract infections developed by Maki et al. 5 Silver Compounds in Antibiotic Therapy and Medical Devices Metallic silver, silver sulfadiazine and a wide range of other silver compounds and complexes are now used to provide antibiotic properties to: wound dressings; catheters for urethral drainage; intravascular insertion; intracerebral cannulation and intraperitoneal use; cardiac devices (heart valves and prostheses); bone cements and orthopaedic devices; water puriﬁcation; textiles and domestic appliances.