Prognosis of this sickness: when the rupture is old, and the mouth of the wound blistered and hard inside, by
p.243the end of a year, or half a year, it cannot be cured. Every form of rupture is easily cured at the beginning, especially in children, but it cannot be cured in old people, and moderately (?) in young people.567 When it comes from the intestines, and is old, it cannot be cured, 568 except by chirurgerie, i.e by cauterising, together with a truss, or cutting, but that incision cannot be performed on old folk, and it is seldom resorted to without causing death. And if the stretched form of rupture continue beyond six months,569 it must be left to chirurgerie.