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Rosa Anglica (Author: [unknown])

section 3


And Avicenna says the term paralysis is used in general,576 whereby it means the softening of any member it seizes, and therein both sides agree, with the exception


of parts of the head. For if the parts of the head agree, it is not paralysis, but apoplexy, which hinders movement and perception. Paralysis is used specially to mean softening of either side throughout the body, and so when half the body is affected with the exception of half the head, it is general paralysis. And there is a more general species than that, when it affects the whole half of the body, and half the head; for the parts of the body and the head are divided, so that one part may be affected without the other part, and for that reason nature has arranged two eyes, and two hands. There is also a most general paralysis when it affects the whole body, with the exception of the head, as we said before.