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The Writings of Hippocrates and Galen. Epitomised from the Original Latin translations, by John Redman Coxe (Philadelphia: Lindsay and Blakiston, 1846).
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Haller, in his preface to this treatise, says, one would suppose this to be written by the author of the third book on diet. Such, he adds, is the opinion of Fœsius. Similar precepts are here delivered as to the increase or diminution of food, of exercise, and of medicine. It is in other respects an elegant and connected work, wherein dreams are referred to their physical causes, heat, cold, secretions, repletions. Indications are derived from dreams of those measures by which those diseases may be relieved which give origin to the dreams. Although occasionally recommending propitiations to the deity, it is obvious he regarded it as of little importance. In this book we find a manifest expression of the increased and diminished circulation.
Subject-matter.—Dreams are here explained, from which, in eight chapters, may be obtained some certain signs of good or ill health; and some things which the mind imagines in the state of sleep.
Chap. I. Prefatory remarks of the importance and utility of indications from dreams. Of the soul in wakefulness and sleep. Sleep is either natural or preternatural.
Chap. II. Of dreams depending on daily occurrences, of a healthy or morbid character; curative measures.
Chap. III. Of dreams connected with the heavenly bodies, significative of health or disease; and of the cure of disturbed repose.
Chap. IV. Variations of the heavens and its luminaries in dreams, indicative of different affections; and variety in the methodus medendi.
Chap. V. Of dreams connected with corporeal and civil functions; and of those relating to the earth; trees, rivers, fountains, and seas.
Chap. VI. Of dreams relating to earthquakes, inundations, darkness, fires, swimming, &c.
Chap. VII. Of dreams of various forms of bodies, or their parts, and of the dead, clothing, &c.
Chap. VIII. Of dreams from eating, drinking, seeing, fighting, crossing rivers; enemies and monsters.
It is plain, says Gardeil, from the termination of this treatise, that it is a continuation of the third book on regimen. Yet it is so full of superstition, that we are not disposed to regard it as a production of the same writer to whom we are indebted for the excellent treatises that precede it; without, at least, rejecting a number of things that appear as unfortunate attendants on the weakness inseparable from the nature of the human mind, and of the age in which Hippocrates lived.
Sec. I. Preliminary remarks on dreams.
Sec. II. Inductions to be derived from natural dreams, from which to attain a knowledge of the good or bad state of the body.
Sec. III. to XII. Of dreams of the heavenly bodies. 1. When serene, or troubled. 2. When changes of the moon are observed. 3. Or in the sun. 4. When they represent the firmament in a state of drought. 5. Or fires in the heavens. 6. Or falling stars. 7. Or dews and vapours. 8. Or when good gifts appear to be sent from heaven. 9. Or when the dreams are of rains and storms.
Sec. XII. Of prayers to the deity under these circumstances to avert misfortunes.
Sec. XIII. Considerations from dreams relating to different states of the earth and of travelling, trees, rivers, &c., indicating the state of the blood, &c., and of the regimen and prayers required under such circumstances.
Sec. XIV. Indications from dreams relative to the particular constitution of the body; and such as represent strange objects, the dead, monsters, &c.
Sec. XV. Of dreams of eating, drinking, &c.
Sec. XVI. Of dreams of massacres, battles, sieges, &c. The author terminates by assuring good health to all who will attend to his advice; and says, he thinks, by the aid of the gods, he has discovered dietetic rules, as good as it is possible for any one to give.