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and when, in addition to this, abscesses were formed. The strangury

attacked, most especially, persons of the ages I have mentioned, but

it also occurred in many others, both of those who were not confined

to bed and those who were. There was a speedy and great change in

all these cases. For the bowels, if they happened previously to have

watery discharges of a bad character, became regular, they got an

appetite for food, and the fevers were mild afterwards. But, with

regard to the strangury itself, the symptoms were protracted and

painful. Their urine was copious, thick, of various characters, red,

mixed with pus, and was passed with pain. These all recovered, and I

did not see a single instance of death among them.

5. With regard to the dangers of these cases, one must always attend

to the seasonable concoction of all the evacuations, and to the

favorable and critical abscesses. The concoctions indicate a speedy

crisis and recovery of health; crude and undigested evacuations, and

those which are converted into bad abscesses, indicate either want

of crisis, or pains, or prolongation of the disease, or death, or

relapses; which of these it is to be must be determined from other

circumstances. The physician must be able to tell the antecedents,

know the present, and foretell the future- must mediate these

things, and have two special objects in view with regard to disease,

namely, to do good or to do no harm. The art consists in three things-

the disease, the patient, and the physician. The physician is the

servant of the art, and the patient must combat the disease along with

the physician.

6. Pains about the head and neck, and heaviness of the same along

with pain, occur either without fevers or in fevers. Convulsions

occurring in persons attacked with frenzy, and having vomitings of

verdigris-green bile, in some cases quickly prove fatal. In ardent

fevers, and in those other fevers in which there is pain of the

neck, heaviness of the temples, mistiness about the eyes, and

distention about the hypochondriac region, not unattended with pain,

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