PROTEUS

"Damn your lithia water. It lowers. Whusky!
- Uncle Rickie, really...
- Sit down or by the law Harry I'll knock you down" (U3.90)

Lithia water is mineral water containing lithium (Li) salts. Medicinal interest in Li began in the mid-1800s when Lipowitz and Ure reported that Li solutions dissolved uric acid crystals. This led to the belief that Li was useful in gout, and other diseases thought to be due to an imbalance in uric acid (including angina, asthma, arthritis, depression, headaches, hypertension, epilepsy). Li is used nowadays in the treatment of mood disorders.