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Rosa Anglica (Author: [unknown])

section 17


Item it is better at the inception of the swelling for the belly to be dry, than moist and lax, for it shows that the force is active, unless there be a hot imposthume663 in it, which dries the refuse. Item should a sore appear on the body through the evil complexion of the blood, or in the mouth, through the malice of the vapours and flatulence, that is a sign of death. Item in dropsy, should an evil odour come from the whole body, the breath, the spittle, the sweat and other things that proceed from the body, it is a sign of death; for the fetid smell signifies corruption therein.