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On Ulcers   


PART 12

Emollients (?):-These medicines are to be used in winter rather than
in summer. Emollient medicines which make the cicatrices fair:-Pound
the inner mucous part of the squill and pitch, with fresh swine's
seam, and a little oil, and a little resin, and ceruse. And the grease
of a goose, fresh swine's seam, and squill, and a little oil. The
whitest wax, fresh clean grease, or squill and white oil, and a little
resin. Wax, swine's seam (old and fresh), and oil, and verdigris,
and squill and resin. Let there be two parts of the old grease to
the fresh, and of the other things, q. s. Having melted the grease
that is fresh, pour it into another pot; having levigated plumbago
finely and sifted it, and mixed them together, boil and stir at first;
boil until when poured upon the ground it concretes; then taking it
off the fire, pour it all into another vessel, with the exception
of the stony sediment, and add resin and stir, and mix a little oil
of juniper, and what has been taken off. In all the emollient medicines
to which you add the resin, when you remove the medicine from the
fire, pour in and mix the resin while it is still warm. Another:-Old
swine's seam, wax, and oil, the dried shavings of the lotus, frankincense,
plumbago,-namely, of the frankincense one part, and of the other one
part, and of the shavings of the lotus one part; but let there be
two parts of the old grease, one of wax, and of fresh swine's seam
one part. Another:-Or old swine's seam along with the fresh grease
of a goat; when cleaned, let it retain as little as possible of its
membrane: having triturated or pounded it smooth, pour in oil, and
sprinkle the lead with the spodium and half the shavings of the lotus.
Another:-Swine's seam, spodium, blue chalcitis, oil.

PART 13

For Burns:-You must boil the tender roots of the ilex, and if their
bark be very thick and green, it must be cut into small parts, and
having poured in white wine, boil upon a gentle fire, until it appear
to you to be of the proper consistence, so as to be used for a liniment.
And it may be prepared in water after the same manner. Another, not
corrosive:-Old swine's seam is to be rubbed in by itself, and it is
to be melted along with squill, the root of which is to be divided
and applied with a bandage. Next day it is to be fomented; and having
melted old swine's seam and wax, and mixed with them oil, frankincense,
and the shavings of lotus and vermilion, this is to be used as a liniment.
Having boiled the leaves of the wakerobin in wine and oil, apply a
bandage. Another:-When you have smeared the parts with old swine's
seam let the roots of asphodel be pounded in wine and triturated,
and rubbed in. Another:-Having melted old swine's seam, and mixed
with resin and bitumen, and having spread it on a piece of cloth and
warmed it at the fire, apply a bandage. When an ulcer has formed on
the back from stripes or otherwise, let squill, twice boiled, be pounded
and spread upon a linen cloth and bound on the place. Afterward the
grease of a goat, and fresh swine's seam, spodium, oil, and frankincense
are to be rubbed in.

PART 14

Swellings which arise on the feet, either spontaneously or otherwise,
when neither the swellings nor the inflammation subside under the
use of cataplasms, and although sponges or wool, or anything else
be bound upon the sound part; but the swelling and inflammation return
of themselves again, an influx of blood into the veins is the cause,
when not occasioned by a bruise. And the same story applies if this
happen in any other part of the body. But blood is to be abstracted,
especially the from the veins, which are the seat of the influx, if
they be conspicuous; but if not, deeper and more numerous scarifications
are to be made in the swellings; and whatever part you scarify, this

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