Med. Prop. and Action Dr. Gibb has investigated the physiological effects of this salt. He finds that as an absorbent in glandular and other enlargements it is not inferior to the bromide of potassium. It appears to exercise a beneficial effect in a number of diseases in which the ganglionic nervous system is functionally engaged. It also exercises a marked control over the mucous membranes of the entire body, and especially appears to deaden the sensibility of the fauces and palate.
Dose, gr. ij. - x. thrice a day.
- In Hooping Cough Dr. Gibb has found it of great value. He finds that many cases may be readily cured by it. If there is a tendency to bronchial or pneumonic inflammation, he recommends that it be combined with ipecacuanha wine. It appears to control the special nervous symptoms of the disease rather than the catarrhal. The spasms diminish in frequency and severity, and the whoop is not so frequently heard. He has a greater faith in the permanent effects of nitric acid, but thinks the bromide of ammonium worthy of a more extended trial The dose of the bromide for infants is gr. ij. or iij. three times a day. For older children gr. iv. - viij., or gr. x. when the symptoms are very severe.
Gibb has prescribed it with the effect of arresting and diminishing the number of fits. %
In conjunctivitis, corneitis, and leucoma, opacities are found to diminish under its use. §
143. In Glandular Enlargement and Atheroma it has been found to promote the absorption of the morbid deposit. In Corpulency the adipose tissue is lessened and the secretion from the oily sudoriferous glands is modified and diminished. ||