This section is from the book "Materia Medica And Therapeutics Inorganic Substances", by Charles D. F. Phillips. Also available from Amazon: Materia medica and therapeutics.
Some writers have much insisted on the therapeutical virtues of salt in these diseases. Durand Fardel reported instances of benefit, and Amedee Latour reduced its administration to a system; he gave it to well-fed goats, and then used the goats' saline milk largely in the diet of his patients; he employed also all hygienic means, and obtained good results (Union Medicale, 1851-56, Brochure, 1857). Pietra Santa is another advocate for the systematic use of salt in phthisis, recommending a "syrupus natrii chlorati." Dr. Cotton, however, could not trace any definite effects from salt in his treatment at Brompton Hospital. The saline baths of Soden, in Nassau, have a reputation in similar cases, and in obstinate chronic catarrh the waters of Ems are often prescribed with advantage.