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Rosa Anglica (Author: [unknown])

section 2


Therefore there are two kinds of paralysis, general paralysis, and partial. According to that, paralysis consists in the softening of the nerves (sinews?) by taking from them their movement and perception, the which is true paralysis; in false paralysis only the sensation is taken away, or the perception, or the movement, as though a limb were asleep, or were frozen, or suffer from excess of cold; so that the sick man cannot stretch his finger, nor close it, nor clench it.