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hip-bath of hot water, and having mixed together the juice of srychnos,
the grease of a goose, swine’s seam, chrysocolla, resin, and white
wax, and then having melted in the same and mixed together, anoint
with these things, and while the inflammation lasts, use the cataplasm
of boiled garlic. And if by these means he be freed from the pain,
it is enough; but if not, give him the white meconium (Euphorbia peplus?),
or, if not it, any other phlegmagogue medicine. While the inflammation
lasts, the diet should be light.


The strangury comes on in this way:-The bladder being heated from
the rectum, phlegm is attracted by the heat, and by the phlegm (inflammation?)
the strangury is occasioned. If, then, as is frequently the case,
it cease with the disease, well; but, not withstanding, if not, give
any of the medicines for strangury.


If procidentia ani take place, having fomented the part with a soft
sponge, and anointed it with a snail, bind the man’s hands together,
and suspend him for a short time, and the gut will return. But if
it still prolapse, and will not remain up, fasten a girdle round his
loins and attach a shawl behind, and having pushed up the anus, apply
to it a soft sponge, moistened with hot water in which the shavings
of lotus have been boiled; pour of this decoction upon the anus by
squeezing the sponge, then, bringing the shawl below between the legs,
fasten it at the navel. But if he wish to evacuate the bowels, let
him do so upon a very narrow night-stool. Or, if the patient be a
child, let him be placed on the feet of a woman, with his back reclined
to her knees, and when the bowels are evacuated, let the legs be extended.
In this way the anus will be the least disposed to fall out. When
a watery and ichorous discharge flows from the rectum, wash it out
with burnt lees of wine, and water from myrtle, and having dried maiden-hair,
pound and sift it, and apply as a cataplasm. But if there be a discharge
of blood, having washed with the same, and pounded chalcitis, and
the shavings of cypress, or of juniper, or of stone-pine, or of turpentine,
the in equal proportions the apply as a cataplasm. Anoint the external
parts with thick cerate.


When the gut protrudes and will not remain in its place, scrape the
finest and most compact silphium (assafoetida?) into small pieces
and apply as a cataplasm, and apply a sternutatory medicine to the
nose and provoke sneezing, and having moistened pomegranate rind with
hot water, and having powdered alum in white wine, pour it on the
gut, then apply rags, bind the thighs together for three days, and
let the patient fast, only he may drink sweet wine. If even thus matters
do not proceed properly, having mixed vermillion with honey, anoint.


If procidentia ani be attended with a discharge of blood, pare off
the rind of the root of wakerobin, then pound and mix flour with it,
and apply it warm as a cataplasm. Another: Having scraped off the
rind of the most tender roots of the wild vine, which some call psilothrion,
boil in a dark austere wine undiluted; then having pounded, apply
as a tepid cataplasm; but mix also flour and stir it up with white
wine and oil in a tepid state. Another:-Having pounded the seed of
hemlock, pour on it a fragrant white wine, and then apply in a tepid
state as a cataplasm.


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