[p. 317]especially in wounds of
the head, and in mortifications and ulcers from cold; in herpes exedens,
of the anus, the privy parts, the womb, the bladder, in all these
cases heat is agreeable, and brings matters to a crisis; but cold
is prejudicial, and does mischief.
Cold water is to be applied in the following cases; when there
is a hemorrhage, or when it is expected, but not applied to the spot,
but around the spot whence the blood flows; and in inflammations and
inflammatory affections, inclining to a red and subsaguineous color,
and consisting of fresh blood, in these cases it is to be applied
but it occasions mortification in old cases; and in erysipelas not
attended with ulceration, as it proves injurious to erysipelas when
Cold things, such as snow and ice, are inimical to the chest,
being provocative of coughs, of discharges of blood, and of catarrhs.
Swellings and pains in the joints, ulceration, those of a gouty
nature, and sprains, are generally improved by a copious affusion
of cold water, which reduces the swelling, and removes the pain; for
a moderate degree of numbness removes pain.
The lightest water is that which is quickly heated and quickly
When persons have intense thirst, it is a good thing if they can
sleep off the desire of drinking.
Fumigation with aromatics promotes menstruation, and would be
useful in many other cases, if it did not occasion heaviness of the
Women in a state of pregnancy may be purged, if there be any urgent
necessity (or, if the humors be in a state of orgasm?), from the fourth
to the seventh month, but less so in the latter case. In the first
and last periods it must be avoided.
It proves fatal to a woman in a state of pregnancy, if she be
seized with any of the acute diseases.
If a woman with child be bled, she will have an abortion, and
this will be the more likely to happen, the larger the foetus.
Haemoptysis in a woman is removed by an eruption of the menses.