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Rosa Anglica (Author: [unknown])

section 8


Understand that special signs, that is, certain signs of the fever called tertiana interpolata are recognised i.e. an interval between them, and by three things it is understood {Circa signa specialia febris tertianae interpolatae, est sciendum: quod ipsa cognoscitur ex tribus notis.}’’

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, i.e. by naturals and by unnaturals, and by something that is against nature, as Isaac says. Naturals, such as age and complexion; unnaturals, as are air and season; and regarding the


thing that is against nature, as are the occasions that come from the matter of the disease, like rigor that comes in the beginning of the paroxysm {sicunt occasiones quae fiunt a materia morbi: rigor, frigus, tarditas accessionis}’’

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and things like these. This fever is recognised by naturals, for it often seizes a person who has a warm, dry complexion, young in age, and especially if he have black, curly hair, and he himself lean, and have a lax body, for the tertiana that is formed from the agreement of these particular matters {tertiana quae fit cum convenientia istorum particularium.}’’

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is true tertian fever. This fever is recognised by unnaturals, for it often comes in summer, and when the air turns to heat and dryness; and it is recognised by labour and the operations of the disease, for if he be a person who does work to excess in health, it brings him to heat and dryness {si ... fuit laboriosus, aut studiosus, aut solicitus: quia solicitudo & labor excitant calorem.}’’

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This is recognised by praeternaturals {res contra naturam}’’

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, since it is formed by hot, dry, choleric matter, for when it is near the noble sensitive members a tedious burning rigor should arise then, as if needles {vicina membris sensibilibus, necesse est ut eam praecedat rigor molestissimus, pungitivus, quasi fierit acu.}’’

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or thorns were tormenting him, and this should come at the beginning of the paroxysm, for when the sharpness of choler, that he is not wont to, goes through the sensitive members, it irritates him and generates a sort of trembling in them, and it is of this I say ‘rigor’.