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Rosa Anglica (Author: [unknown])

section 3


Note that there is on the belly, first the outer skin, inside that the peritoneum called mirach,554 then siphac, inside that zirbus, and inside that again the intestines themselves. And as the midriff forms a wall between the digestive organs, and the respiratory organs, so does siphac between the intestines and the organs of nutrition and generation. It is like a sack which keeps up the entrails, and therefore when it is broken, they fail down; and when it is stretched, there is swelling and pain in the groin.555 They seldom fall into the scrotum556 then but when this happens without pain, fever, or an imposthume; that is true rupture.