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Rosa Anglica (Author: [unknown])

section 17


From melancholic humour is formed sclerosis, that is a hard imposthume, and cancer, that is a canker, and glandules, that is imposthumes which are like acorns and which separate themselves from the member and are wrapped up in


skin;378 and scrophulae379they also adhere to the skin, and not to the member. The two other imposthumes mentioned, cancer and sclerosis, stabilize themselves in the substance of the member, and there is a difference between them, for sclerosis remains in the member without pain and hinders sensation,380 while cancer is mobile and painful, and does not hinder sensation unless it be there too long, and kill the member.