2584. In Intermittent Fevers, Salt Has Been Recommended By Dr

Willemin, late Sanitary Physician in the East, in his Report to the Board of Trade in Paris. He states that at Damascus large doses of common Salt have stopped the fever six times out of every seven cases, and even smaller doses, as from two to four half-ounce doses in six ounces of Water, were in most cases sufficient. M. Piorry* reported favourably of the practice of giving large doses (ss. - j.) of Salt, which not only controlled the fever, but had the effect of diminishing enlargements of the spleen. Dr. J. C. Hutchinson (U.S.), who in twenty-two cases prescribed 3viij. - 3xij. during a pyrexia, regards it as a good and cheap substitute for Cinchona Salts, but inferior to them in power. On the other hand, it failed partially or wholly in the hands of M. Levi and M. Ancelon.§ It may be classed amongst the remedies occasionally useful, especially in mild cases.

* Dict. Pract. Med., vol. i. p. 1032.

Pereira, vol. i. p. 588.

2585. In HAemoptysis, common Salt is a popular remedy in some parts of Great Britain; and Dr. Law,|| of Dublin, states that he has often witnessed its efficacy. Dr. Graves ¶ also speaks favourably of it. It has been proposed as a remedy for Phthisis, but Dr. Cotton,** who examined its merits, states that it has no direct effect upon the disease when fully developed. Its tonic influence in Phthisis, he remarks, may be fairly ranked with that of many other tonics, such as bitters.

2586. In Ophthalmia, Dr

Hays recommends a saturated solution of Salt as a collyrium. In Chronic Granular Ophthalmia in particular, he employed it in numerous cases with the most striking benefit.

2587. Against Worms, Salt Proves Very Effectual

It was much employed against A. Lumbricoides by Dr. Rush, who states that, in the course of his practice, he administered many pounds of common Salt, coloured with Cochineal, in doses of 5ss., and that, given on an empty stomach, it is an effectual means of destroying worms. It is said not only to expel worms, but to prevent their reproduction. M. Cazin speaks very favourably of its efficacy, either given alone in large doses, dissolved in water, and taken on an empty stomach, or in the form of enema (when A. Vermicular is is present), with brown sugar, linseed, or poppy oil, and a sufficient quantity of water. With children, he adds, it almost always succeeds.