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Etesian winds were faint and intermittent. But, on
the other hand, near the rising of Arcturus there
were heavy rains with northerly winds.
The year having proved southerly, wet and mild,
in the winter the general health was good except for
the consumptives, who will be described in due course.
III. Early in the spring, at the same time as the
cold snaps which occurred, were many malignant
cases of erysipelas, some from a known exciting cause
and some not. Many died, and many suffered pain
in the throat. Voices impaired ; ardent fevers ;
phrenitis ; aphthae in the mouth ; tumours in the
private parts ; inflammations of the eyes ; carbuncles ;
disordered bowels ; loss of appetite ; thirst in some
cases, though not in all ; urine disordered, copious,
bad ; long coma alternating with sleeplessness ;
absence of crisis in many cases, and obscure crises ;
dropsies ; many consumptives. Such were the
diseases epidemic. There were patients suffering
from each of the above types, and fatal cases were
many. The symptoms in each type were as follow.
IV. Many were attacked by the erysipelas all
over the body when the exciting cause was a trivial
accident or a very small wound ; especially when the
patients were about sixty years old and the wound
was in the head, however little the neglect might
have been. Many even while undergoing treatment
suffered from severe inflammations,
erysipelas would quickly spread widely in all directions.
Most of the patients experienced abscessions
ending in suppurations. Flesh, sinews and bones
|With Littré's punctuation the meaning is, "however
slight the neglect, and even when a patient was actually
undergoing treatment. There were severe inflammations,"