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Rosa Anglica (Author: [unknown])

section 23


The third way whereby it is purged, is for him on whom is the swelling,681 to drink his own urine, which heals it forthwith, and also jaundice when it comes from the spleen; and whey of goat's, or cow's milk clears off this same water likewise. The fourth way of drawing off the water is by making an incision of the breadth of three fingers, below the navel; or


by scarifying between the joints of the back,682 or on it itself, or on the soles. Nevertheless this cutting is dangerous, and does not avail but in the swelling called hyposarca; as Avicenna saith, when the belly is full of water, and the force strong, let the incision be made and let the matter be emptied by degrees, so that it be not all evacuated at the same time.