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Rosa Anglica (Author: [unknown])

section 31


Symptoms of imposthumes formed through crisis,399 that turn to pus: when the sickness400 is not acute, without hot matter present from hot humours, and the force is neither strong nor weak, but between them. These imposthumes come out in medial diseases401 that do not cause death suddenly, nor quick recovery; for it is necessary where this imposthume arises, that the disease be of long (chronic)402 duration, and the humours gross and hard to digest, and that the matter be not wholly purged, as Galen says in the second book of Prognostica, for then the matter is terminated through the imposthume or by degrees403 or through an insensible dissolution. Galen says in the third book of Prognostica, when the humours are hot, the


force cannot be strong, and this is how that should be understood: in a disease that comes from hot humours, and finishes by this imposthume; the force cannot be strong, but weak, for if404 it were weak, it would be bad, and405 if it were strong it would finish the matter by diarrhoea or sweat, or insensibly (?) and that is the way in cold humours.406