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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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THE SIXTH BOOK OF EPIDEMICS.
Fœsius, p. 1164.
This, says Haller, is much of the same character with the preceding; and is said to have been transcribed from the note-book of Hippocrates, by Thessalus. Galen has commented upon it. It is a medley of histories of diseases, aphorisms, and predictions, frequently taken from the other writings of Hippocrates, often deficient in limitation, and half true. Herodicus ridicules his ratio medendi. Some physiological remarks are interspersed;—and a story is given of an Abderite woman, who was changed into a man, and whom the author in vain attempted to cure!
Gardeil, speaking of this book, says, that Galen had written a commentary on it, for the use of his disciples, a part only of which has reached us, from which we may however perceive how much he was frequently embarrassed to discover the real meaning of the author. This difficulty must now be much augmented; and he claims on this score the indulgence of the readers of his translation, stating that he had submitted its revision to several friends before committing it to press. These he gratefully names,—and asks for further favours from distant members of the profession, in case another edition should be required. He states this book as containing numerous sentences, mostly deserving attention, both in respect to hygiene and to therapeutics.—Ed.
Broad eruptions, without any great itchings (such as Simon’s were in the winter), were not relieved by vomitings; but perhaps warm fomentations applied might have been of service; for he, upon being either anointed by the fire, or bathed with warm water, was relieved.
The woman that lived by the great theatre, behind the Heroes monument, was taken with a jaundice that remained with her; and the man that lived by Timenes’s niece was taken with a blackness all over.
In Perinthus, the urine was like seed. Such was also critical. Complaints about the pubes are relieved this way, when the case is curable by urine: for, without much flatus, or much (but viscid) excrement passing off, it grew soft; the hypochondre not being large. The seventh day he ate some cabbage, while a difficulty of breathing was upon him, grew softer about the pubes, breathed well, and his belly was loosened by it.
The woman, that I first cured in Cranon, had naturally a large spleen. Her fever was of the burning kind, attended with great redness and difficulty of breathing. The tenth day she sweated upwards for the most part; but, the fourteenth, a little downwards.
Agasius’s daughter, when she was a girl, was short-breathed; and, when a woman, was taken with a little pain not long after her delivery; and, upon lifting up a great weight, something seemed to crack in her breast. The next day she was asthmatic, and had a pain in her right hip. When this was troublesome, her asthma was so too, but ceased with the other’s ceasing. What she spit was frothy, but florid at the beginning; and, after standing, resembled a bilious thin vomiting. Her pains were greatest, when she worked with her hands. She was forbid meddling with garlic, pork, mutton, and beef; or to bawl, or put herself in a passion, whenever she had occasion to speak.
Where a tumour in the head spread itself, there burnt alum was at first serviceable. Another abscess followed, perhaps because the bone was to come away. This happened sixty days after, above the ear, whereas the wound was higher, upon the crown of the head.
A man after a fatiguing journey, was quite spent, heavy, and fell a spitting; a cough coming from the top of his head. A smart fever ensued, that was very uneasy to the touch. The next day a heaviness in his head, with a burnt tongue. No blood from the left nostril, though picked with his nails. The spleen was large, hard, and painful.
The autumn is bad for consumptive persons; and so is the spring, when the fig-leaves are like a crow’s foot.
In Perinthus, a great many were consumptive in the spring, occasioned in some by an epidemic cough, in the winter; and in others by the long continuance of disorders: for thus what was doubtful before was now confirmed. Some indeed, who had been long ill, escaped a consumption, as those did who were troubled with nephritic pains; and so did some others, as the man, for instance, the Cynic brought me to.
Satyrus, in Thasus, surnamed Grypalopex, when he was about five-and-twenty, often spent in his sleep, and indeed often in the daytime. A consumption seized him about thirty, and he died.
The keeper of the wrestling-place in Abdera, whose name was Stheneus (or the strong man), after wrestling much with a stronger, and falling upon his head, went away and drank a great deal of cold water. He could get no sleep that night, was very restless, and cold in his extremes. The next day he went home; had no stool, though a suppository was put up; made water a little, whereas before he had made none; was bathed at night, but yet could get no sleep, or lie still, and was lightheaded. The third day, was cold in his extremes; grew hot, and sweated; but died this very day, after drinking mead.
Phaethusa, in Abdera, the wife of Pytheus, who had had a child formerly when she was very young, upon her husband’s being banished, missed her menses a long time; and her joints grew afterwards painful and red. Upon this her body became manly, and hairy all over; a beard thrust out, and her voice became rough. Every thing was tried by us that was likely to bring down her menses, but all to no purpose; and not long after she died.
The same thing happened in Thasus, to Namusias, the wife of Gorgippus. All the physicians that I talked with were of opinion, that the only hope left was in her menses coming down again as they ought. But this could never be brought about, though we tried every thing; and she died not long after.
Note.—Here, throughout, large portions of the text are omitted by Clifton; giving his reasons therefor in the preceding note.—Ed.