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Rosa Anglica (Author: [unknown])

section 16


If the cardiaca come from melancholic humour, and the season be autumn, the patient will be low-spirited273 and timorous, and it is not surprising that melancholics be fainthearted, for they bear the cause of fear in them, according to Galen; therefore it is seen to be caused by the melancholic vapours invading the heart. For Galen says the heart is noble274 and deems it degrading to endure those loathsome vapours, and therefore it beats irregularly; and there is trembling in the head,275 the hands and the feet whenever the force cannot control the matter or the member,276 for it is a compound motion, as opposed to natural motion, for a limb to tremble.