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The Family Physician Of Diseases, And Their Cures

TitleThe Lady's Assistant: Family Physician
AuthorP. Davey and B. Law
PublisherP. Davey and B. Law
Year1755
Copyright1755, P. Davey and B. Law

Published from Papers collected by several Gentlemen and Ladies eminent for their good Sense and Economy.

To which is added, The Family Physician; Comprehending An easy, safe and certain Method of curing most Diseases incident to the Human Body.

Published at the Request of a Physician of great Experience, who for the Benefit of the Purchaser, has carefully corrected this Work; and shewn why several things heretofore used in Cookery, and inserted in other Books, have been prejudicial to Mankind.

London: Printed for P. Davey and B. Law, at the Bible and Ball in Avemary Lane, MDCCLV.

-The Family Physician Of Diseases, And Their Cures
Abortion, Or Miscarriage, is the exclusion of an Embryo, Foetus, or child before it come to maturity, or before the due time. However, a child that is born five or six weeks before the usual te:m, may...
-Abscess
When an inflammation has caused an ex-travacation of the blood, it sometimes turns into a purulent substance, and forms an abscess or imposthume, which is nothing else but a great collection of purule...
-Absorbents
These consist of sea-shells, coral, cuttle-fish-bone, burnt hartshorn, egg - shells, crabs-eyes and claws, chalk, the calx of all stones, boles and sealed earths; as also filings of iron, all fixt sal...
-Acids
Among all the errors of diet, there is none more destruclive to a human body than acids; and all aliments abounding with acid juices lessen the excretions, thicken the blood and lymphatic fluids, caus...
-After-Pains
The violent pains which continue after the child is born, may generally be abated by drinking plentifully of the decoction of camomile flowers, in the manner of tea. If the labour has been hard, give ...
-Air
This is so necessary for breathing, animals cannot live long without it; and as we are continually fucking it in, it is highly incumbent upon us to live in as good an air as possible. In general it sh...
-Aloetics
These are medicines wherein aloes is the chief ingredient, and are attended with the faculty of gently opening the body; as also of strengthening the stomach, and intestine , when they are weakened by...
-Antispasmodics
Antispasmodics are substances that relax spastic stric-tures, which some perform by immediate contact, as asses milk, cream, oil of sweet almonds, emulsions, and the fat of animals. Some, by a sulphur...
-Apophlegmatizants, Or Provokers Of Spittle
These are tobacco, pellitory of Spain, angelica root, zedoary, galangals, myrrh, being held in the mouth, or chew'd. They are very proper when in danger of catching a dis-ease, by visiting an infected...
-Apoplexy
When a person is seized with a fit of an apoplexy, bleed in the jugular vein as soon as possible, and scarify the hind-part of the head, or rather let him be cup'd in that place with scarification. Th...
-Want Of Appetite
This is often an attendant on other diseases, and the restoring of it depends on their cure. Sometimes it is a disease of itself, and then if there is a reaching to vomit, give twenty grains of ipecac...
-Asthma
This, in general, is a very laborious and difficult breathing, with wheesing, attended with unutterable anxiety, and a straitness of the breast. A moist asthma is attended with a cough, which forces u...
-Attenuants
Some of these act upon the fluids, and some upon the solids: of the former sort there are very few; the principal are aqueous diluents, which certainly have a great efficacy in melting down and dissol...
-Baths
Under this title I shall only take notice of domestic baths, which are made in bathing tubs fitted for that purpose. The water made use of must be soft and light, lathering readily with soap. If this ...
-Bellyach Dry
This is a kind of colic, which frequently degenerates into a palsy, and is called by some a nervous or convulsive colic. It is known by an intolerable piercing pain sometimes in one part, sometimes in...
-Bite Of A Mad Dog
Dr. Mead's medicine for this is as follows: Take four drams of ash-coloured ground li-ver-wort, and two drams of black pepper; make them into a powder. Divide this in into four doses, and give one...
-Bleeding At The Nose
This often happens when the patient is afflicted with diseases, and sometimes when he is otherwise in health. I shall only speak of the latter in this place. It differs much as to quantity, for some l...
-Blisters
The applying of blisters properly, against any disease, is very useful, and may be so managed as to cure various maladies. But when laid on out of season, or in some stages of a distemper, will do a g...
-Blood-Letting
It is of very great consequence to know when to bleed, and when not: for if the patient has too little blood or is weak, or has a low weak languid pulse, bleeding is dangerous. But sometimes a loss of...
-Bloody-Flux
This begins with shivering and shaking, which is succeeded with heat, griping of the guts, slimy stools, and violent pain. There is a pressing down, or seeming de-scent of all the bowels at every stoo...
-Bruises
A bruise or contusion may be known by the eye; for first it will be red or black, then livid, yellow, green, and at last black again; unless it be flight, for then it recovers its natural colour witho...
-Burns
Alum dissolved in water and applied, or rectified spirit of wine, will prevent the blistering of a flight burn. Or hold the part before the fire; or apply raw onions, soap and oil beaten together for ...
-Cachexy, Or ILL Habit Of Body
In this the skin is pale, white, yellow, green, tawny or livid, with a heaviness, a swelling under the eyes, and in other tender parts. Those most distant from the heart are bloated, with a palpitatio...
-Cancer In The Breast
This at first is a tumour of the size of a pea, with little or no pain; sometimes it is of the size of a hazle nut, but does not discolour the skin, and may continue in that state for several years. W...
-Colic Bilious
This colic is known by the hoarseness of the voice, a violent pain in the stomach, a continual loathing of victuals, a burning acute continual pain about the region of the navel, which either seems to...
-Colic From A Stone In The Gall-Bladder
When there is a stone, or stones in the gall-bladder, which prevents the gall from running into the guts, by plugging up the passage; then there is a constant heavy fixed pain on the right side about ...
-Colic Flatulent, Or Colic From Wind
This is an acute pain in the small guts, with a puffing up and swelling of the belly, which can hardly bear to be touched. The stomach is distended with wind, the breathing becomes difficult, and the ...
-Colic, From Fumes Of Lead
This disease is called in Scotland, the Mill-Reek, and is common to all the workers in lead, such as miners, plumbers, makers of white-lead, and grinders of colours. At first, there is uneasiness and ...
-Consumption
This is an ulcer of the lungs, with a wafting away, a cough, a spitting of purulent matter, which is sometimes bloody, a hectic fever, and a difficulty of breathing. It is sometimes preceded with a sp...
-Convulsions
The cure of these must be begun with bleeding, if the patient is full of blood, or the pulse great, but not till the fit is over, and may be repeated occasi-onally. The patient should remove into dry...
-Corns
These are hard callous tubercles, insensible of themselves, but by pressing and bruising the adjacent fibres, they often become very painful, particularly when they hurt the fibres of the tendons, or ...
-Costiveness
This disorder, when obstinate, is generally owing to spasms in the guts, and is a usual symptom of convulsions, and the falling sickness. It creates wind, makes the excrements appear in little buttons...
-Coughs
These may be commonly cured with thirty drops of Friar's balsam, taken every four hours, or anisated balsam of sulphur, from three drops to ten, thrice a day. When a cough is obstinate, first bleed, a...
-Hooping Cough
When the child is full of blood, or the spittle is tinctured with blood, bleed, especially when there is a small fever, or the child looks black in the face with coughing. Soon after a vomit must be g...
-Cramp
When a cramp is violent, and there is any stop-page of the usual evacuation of blood, the patient must bleed, as also when the patient is full of blood, and the evacuations if possible must be restore...
-Deafness
The passage into the ear may be sometimes obstrucled with wax, and be the cause of deafness; or the drum of the ear may be ulcerated, corroded, or broken. Like-wise the auditory nerve may be obstrucle...
-Diabetes
This happens when the patient makes water too often, and too much, exceeding in quantity the liquor drank. It is attended with a thirst, a wafting of the body, a heat in the bowels, with frothy spittl...
-Diet
The most general rule of eating and drinking with regard to health, is to proportion the quantity and quality of our food to our digestive powers. Hunger shews the best time of eating, but custom conf...
-Diuretics
These are medicines that promote the secre-tion of urine. Little urine, or difficulty of making water, may proceed from want of moisture in the blood. Then water, whey, tea, coffee, spaw-water, or any...
-Dropsy
There are three forts of dropsies; the one is when water stagnates in or is shed all over the body under the skin, which at last gets into the belly, and under the skin of the private parts in men. An...
-Ear-Ach
Sometimes the pain of the ear is so very violent, that it may have very bad consequences; in which cafe it will be necessary to take thirty drops of liquid laudanum, and to put a little bit of opium i...
-Errhines
Errhines are substances that promote a running at the nose, by stimulating the pituitary glandulous coat of the nos-trils. The milder are called errhines, and the stronger sternu-tatories, because the...
-Erysipelas, Or St. Anthony's Fire
This is commonly reckon'd a disease of the skin, but is more properly an eruptive fever: it begins with chilness and shivering; when of a very bad kind with a great shaking, a violent pain in the back...
-Excrements
Regular stools are a sign of health, but when they err either in quantity, quality, or time, they denote some disorder. Costiveness creates and exasperates diseases of the head, as is observable in th...
-Exercise
This, properly made use of, is an excellent means to preserve and restore health. Children are fond of it; and those that make most use of it, have sounder constitutions than those that fit moping at ...
-Falling-Sickness
This is so called, because when the patient has a fit, he falls suddenly on the ground. When it gives warning of its coming, it may be known by a weariness of the whole body, unquiet sleep, unusual dr...
-Remitting Bilious Fever
These assume the type of a quotidian or tertian, the cure is the same in both, and are most frequent in camps. It begins with chilliness, weariness, pains of the head and bones, and a disorder of the ...
-Catarrhal Fever
This bears some resemblance with the former as to the fits, for it begins in the evening, with shivering and coldness of the hands and feet, but more particularly the feet and foals of the feet; there...
-Fever Continual, Without Remission
This is of the inflammatory kind, and though it begins with a mild sense of cold, yet it soon rises very high, with grievous symptoms; it always affects one part of the body more than another: when it...
-Fevers Affecting Infants
Acidity is the chief cause of fevers in children, and therefore the cure depends on de-stroying it; this is done by rendering them fit to be expelled, and then purging them out of the body. This is ef...
-Fever Miliary
This begins with shivering, suc-ceeded with heat and loss of strength; there is a straitness about the breast, attended with anxiety and deep sighs, restless ness and watching; at least the sleep is v...
-Fever Nervous
This comes on with flight tran-sient chilnesses, often in a day, and uncertain flushes of heat. They are listless, and seem to be quite weary; they are apt to sigh, and complain of a heaviness, sinkin...
-Malignant, Spotted Fever Putrid
The fever makes its attack with sudden loss of strength, in-somuch that the patient can hardly walk or stand upright, and is apt to faint. The head aches from the very beginning, and is hot and dull, ...
-Burning Fever
This is known by the burning heat of the skin, which is most remarkable about the heart. The breath is extremely hot, with a dryness of the whole skin, no-strils, mouth and tongue. The breathing is th...
-Hectic Fever
A continual heat attends this fever, with a hard, quick, weak pulse, which symptoms increase after eating, and towards evening. The skin and tongue are hard and dry, the cheeks red, the whole body is ...
-Milk Fever
The milk-fever happens on the third or fourth day from the delivery, and arises from the plentiful flow of milk into the breasts. Sometimes there is a swelling in the breasts, which reaches as far as ...
-Scarlet Fever
This chiefly attacks children, and begins with a coldness and shivering, without any violent sickness. Afterwards the skin is covered with red spots, which are larger, more florid, and not so uniform ...
-French Disease
When a man or woman has had the disease common called a clap, the cure of which has been neglected, or not properly managed, then it rises to the degree called the French pox. This is first known by a...
-Galling In Children
Sometimes the sharpness of the urine will fret off the outward skin near the private parts; as will sweating in the wrinkles of the neck, under the arms, and in other places. To remedy this, the parts...
-Gonorrhaea Virulent, Or A Clap
There are many symptoms by which this disease may be known, but I shall pass them over, because if either lex have a heat or smarting in making water, with a running that colours their linen yellow or...
-Gout Flying
This is improperly called by some the scorbutic rheumatism, and may generally be distinguished by the patient's urine; for a kind of filaments or threads may be seen to float in it, which are not quit...
-Gout
This disease is well known, and needs no descrip-tion. The best cure for it is the duke of Portland's powder, which is now sold in most apothecaries shops in London. A dram of this is to be taken ever...
-A Fit Of Gravel
This is attended with a fixt pain in the region of the loins, bloody urine, voiding of gravel or small stones, a numbness of the thigh on the side of the part affected, a nausea and vomiting. When the...
-Green-Sickness
When a girl is afflicted with this this disease, her complexion at first is pale and wan, which after a while becomes greenish or more dark, and there is a red or dark circle appears under the eyes. T...
-Gums Lax And Apt To Bleed
To cure this disorder make use of the following gargle. Take of oak-bark an ounce, of spring water a pint and a half; boil them to a pint, and then add of roch alum a dram, of honey of ro-ses an o...
-Heart-Burn
This is a pain about the pit of the sto-mach, often attended with anxiety, a nausea, reaching to vomit, and sometimes actual vomiting; it generally proceeds from sharp sour humours, gnawing some part ...
-Hypochondriac Passion
This disease is attended with tensions and windy inflations of the stomach and intestines, especially under the spurious ribs on the left fide, in which a pretty hard tumour may sometimes be perceived...
-Hysteric Passion
This is a disorder proceeding from the womb, when there is corrupted blood or serum retained therein; an hysteric fit is preceded with a pressing pain of the forehead, temples or eyes, an effusion of ...
-Jaundice
This disease is first discovered by a yellow tincture of the skin, but more especially in the coats of the eyes, where it gives notice of the invasion; it is attended with a weariness of the whole bod...
-Iliac Passion
This disease begins with costiveness, which is followed with sharp and violent pains; as also a swelling about the navel, which feels hard to the touch; the body is so bound, that neither wind nor exc...
-Inflammation Of The Intestines
When this happens, nothing will pass through the body, and there is a violent fixt burning pain in some part of the belly, which is exasperated by taking any thing inwardly. When the inflammation is i...
-Inflammation Of The Eye
This may be easily perceived; for, besides a pricking pain, the vessels of the white of the eye are turgid with blood, whence an unusual redness appears all over that part. In this cafe, the patient m...
-Itch
The milder sort of this disease appears first about the hams and other joints, and from thence spreads by degrees all over the body, the head only excepted. The moist itch is attended with pimples ful...
-King's Evil
This is known from the swelling of the kernels in the neck, which rife by degrees, and are generally without pain; they likewise appear under the chin, in the armpits, groin and hams, but most commonl...
-Kibes Or Chilblains
In this disorder while the (kin continues whole, and is only distended with a troublesome inflammation and itching, it will be proper to rub the part with snow or cold water, and to avoid coming near ...
-Laxatives
Of which manna, cassia and raisins are most proper for diseases of the breast, coughs, spitting of blood, pleuresy and consumption; as also in disorders from a salt, acrid and scorbutic serum, as in p...
-Leprosy
This is best distinguished by scales appearing on the elbows and knees, which creep from thence gradually all over the body; though other obstinate scabby eruptions are sometimes distinguished by this...
-Lethargy
This is a heavy perpetual sleep, with scarce any intervals of waking, and is attended with a quick pulse; it does not come on suddenly, and may continue some time. In the cure such things must be used...
-Lochia
These are the natural cleansings of women after delivery; when the quantity is too great it is called flooding, and may endanger the life of the patient, if not remedied in time. When a woman is deliv...
-Looseness
The disease is generally known, and needs no description; sometimes this flux is necessary to health, e-specially when it is not attended with weakness nor loss of appetite; in this cafe it is not to ...
-Measles
This disease begins first with chilness and shi-vering, succeeded with heat, and then heat and cold succeed each other by turns. The next day the fever comes on with great sickness, thirst and loss of...
-Menses
Womens monthly courses are so called, and when they are irregular they are the cause of many disorders; when they are obstructed, you are to consider whether the patient is just recovered from some di...
-Night-Mare
This never attacks any one but in their sleep, when the patient lies on his back, and after eating a hearty supper; the patient seems to have a weight on his breast, and strives to speak but cannot: s...
-Oedematous Tumour, Or Swelling
This is a cold, indolent and soft, pitting tumour from watry humours, without any alteration of the skin, except a shining tensity and smoothness. When this is attended with a weakness, a dropsical d...
-Pains Violent After Delivery
These are often caused by a retention of the after-birth or part of it, or from clotted blood in the cavity of the womb, or from hard labour, or from a defective flux of the lochia, or from wind, espe...
-Palsey
This happens when any limb or member of the body is deprived of sense and motion, but more especially of the latter. When the palsey affects all one fide of the body, it is generally the consequence o...
-Bastard Peripneumony
When this comes on, the patient is hot and cold by turns, is giddy upon the least motion, and complains of a rending pain of the head whenever he coughs; his breathing is thick and short, his cheeks a...
-Phlegmon
This is an inflammatory tumour or swelling, attended with redness, heat, pricking pain, tension or re-sistance, with pulsation or throbbing. Those phlegmons that are flight, without any previous indis...
-Phrensy
This is an inflammation of the membranes of the brain, and is attended with a furious delirium, shining eyes which are set as it were in the head, a burning fever, continual watching, and a violent pu...
-Pleurisy And Peripneumony
The pleurify is known by a violent pricking pain in the fide, a frequent hard pulse, a difficult painful breathing, a very troublesome cough, and sometimes bloody spittle; it is either moist or dry. I...
-Purgatives
These are much stronger than laxatives, and act by means of a caustic inflammatory salt, which stimu-lates the nervous membranes of the intestines to discharge their contents; they should never be mad...
-Quinsey
This is an inflammation of the throat and sau ces, and is attended with a fever, burning pain, swelling and redness, with difficulty of breathing or swallowing: when there is no outward redness, but a...
-Rheumatism
This disease generally attacks persons in the autumn, and sometimes in the spring; it is preceded with a weariness, a heaviness and coldness of the extreme parts, which is followed with a chilness and...
-Rheum In The Eye
When there is a hot salt defluxion falls upon the eyes, which glews the eyelids together, especi-ally in the night time, you must take a grain of white vitriol, and mix it intimately with a little uns...
-Rickets
This is a disease of children very well known. To cure it, give ten grains of calomel, and ten grains of rhubarb three times, allowing a day between each dose; then give a scruple of Ethiops mineral t...
-Scurvy
This is known by a spontaneous weariness, heaviness of the body, difficulty of breathing, especially after bodily motion, rottenness of the gums, stinking breath, frequent bleeding of the nose, and di...
-Sleepiness
This disease is known to physicians by the name of coma somnolentum, in which the patient complains of a constant drowsiness. The patient often falls asleep at meals, in conversation, and in the midst...
-Small-Pox
This is of two kinds, the distinct, and con-fluent. The distinct begins with chilness and shivering, intense heat, a violent pain in the head and back, and an inclination to vomit. Epileptic fits in c...
-Small-Pox. Continued
Sometimes, as was observed above, the small pox is attended with a malignant spotted fever, with profuse bleeding, bloody and gangrenous pustules; even when the pox are very few and distinct. Each of ...
-Scald-Head
This is an ulcerated crust or scab, spread-ing over the hairy scalp with an ill smell and a violent itching: it has often inequalities like a honey-Comb, and mostly affects children. At first, the hea...
-Sedatives
In this class anodynes are generally mentioned, which I have already spoken of. They act by allaying spafms and appeasing violent motions. In this cafe, nitre or salt-petre. is of extraordinary use, b...
-Dishness Of Sight
This sometimes proceeds from a weak-ness of constitution, and lowness of spirits, and sometimes from the forming of cataract, or the beginning of gutta serena. In the first cafe, it will be proper to ...
-Spasms, Stich, Cramp
These are generally of the same nature, only the pain of the pleurisy is sometimes improperly called a stitch. They are an involuntary contraction of any muscle, or of the muscular, membranous, or ner...
-Squinting
The mod common cause of squinting, is an inequality of the strength of the eyes. To prove this, place the person near a window, and cause him to look at a small object, a pen for instance; you will re...
-Inflammation Of Stomach
This is known by a continual fever, a fixed, burning, pricking pain at the pit of the stomach, which grows worse when any thing is swallowed down; then follows a painful vomiting and hiccup. Add to th...
-Stone In The Bladder
This is known from a pain at the time of making water, as well as before and after, from the urine coming away by drops, or flopping suddenly when in a full stream; from a white, thick, copious, mucou...
-Strengtheners
Analeptic and astringents are of this class which I have taken notice of already; add to these bal-samics and stomachies, of which something remains to be said. Balsamics are hotter and more acrid tha...
-Tenesmus
This is a troublesome and constant desire of going to stool, from a pain in the strait gut; sometimes it proceeds from worms called ascarides, which lodge in that part; sometimes from sharp urine in t...
-Tetters, Ringworms, And Shingles
These disorders of the skin, are nearly allied, and are so well known they need no description, only some kinds eat more deep and ulcerate the skin. The shingles are fiery pustules that surround the b...
-Thrush
In this disease of infants, there are whitish pustules, or rather small ulcers, which beset the mouth, throat, and sauces, not exceeding the size of a hempseed. The heat and pain, not only make the ch...
-Tooth-Ach
This is known almost to every body, and proceeds from a humour which corrodes and rends the ligaments and coats which keep the teeth salt in their sockets. The cure may sometimes be effected by taking...
-A Vertigo, Giddiness, Or Swimming Of The Head
This is either an original disease, or proceeds from disorders of the stomach. The former cafe is cured in the same manner as the falling sickness, which see. Sometimes the second kind proceeds from l...
-Vitus St. His Dance
This is a kind of convulsion which boys and girls are sometimes subject to; it is so called, because they put themselves into a great many ridiculous antic postures. When they want to drink, they use ...
-Ulcer
A simple ulcer is neither venereal nor scorbutic, nor callous, and requires nothing but to be cleansed and brought to the state of a clean wound; to this end it must be laid open if necessary, and you...
-Ulcer Of The Bladder And Kidneys
The former is known from a fetid matter, or blood coming away with the urine; as also small pellicles. But if the ulcer is in the kidneys, there are small caruncles. The making water is always difficu...
-Ulcer Of The Womb
The chief signs of this ulcer is the flowing out of a purulent matter from this part, and the greater the quantity, the prosounder is the ulcer. When the flux is yellow, viscid, sanious or mixt with b...
-Vomiting
When the matter of the vomiting is phlegm from the crudities of the first passages, the best cure is to take an emetic, especially when there is a troublesome reaching to vomit, attended with sickness...
-Vomiting And Looseness
This is a sudden and violent purging upwards and downwards, proceeding from a convulsive contraction of the stomach and intestines, caused by a sharp caustic matter lodged therein; this often kills th...
-Warts
The most certain method of taking off warts without deformity, is to dissolve sal ammoniac in as little wa-ter as you can, and dab them several times a day with the solution; if you are not impatient,...
-Whites
To cure this disorder, it will be proper first to cleanse the stomach with a vomit of ipecacuanha, and afterwards to take two or three doses of half a dram of rhubarb, with twelve grains of diuretic s...
-Whitlows
This is a painful inflammation at the extremity of the finger tending to suppuration; when it is flight, it only affects the fatty membrane round the nail: another kind is attended with an inflammatio...
-Inflammation Of Womb
This is attended with a pain, heat and tension at the bottom of the belly, an acute fever, and inflation of the belly, a constant urging to make water and go to stool: when the inflammation is violent...
-Worms
Children troubled with worms have a gnawing, pricking pain in the belly, and sometimes a discoloured face; they often start in their sleep, have a voracious appetite, and a stinking breath: sometimes ...
-Wounds Without Loss Of Substance
To cure these you must bring together the divided lips, and keep them in that pos-ture; then dress them with dry lint, or some mild balsam spread on lint, to keep the wound from the air. All flight wo...
-Yaws
This disease was very common among the blacks of Africa, and has by them been introduced into all our plantations; it appears first in little spots on the skin in all parts of the body, which daily in...
-Inflammation Of Bladder
This is known by a burning, pressing pain at the very bottom of the belly, attended with a fever, a continual desire of going to stool, and a perpetual striving to make water; add to these a want of a...
-Diseases Of Breasts
Those that give suck are more liable to disorders of the breasts than other women; the first that I shall mention, is a rough unequal Swelling of the breast, preceded with a flight shivering, and atte...
-Inflammation Of Breasts
When the former disease is neglected, or is not resolved in three days, it will turn to an inflammation, and this to an Abscess or Ulcer. In this case, speedy bleeding should never be omitted, either ...
-Breasts, Nipples Of Chapt
This disorder may be cured by the application of the mucilage of quince seed, or with the powder of gum tragacanth, sprinkled on through a fine muslin rag, or with the oil of wax; the infant should fu...
-Catching Of Cold
When a person has caught cold, it may be cured by lying much in bed; by drinking plentifully of warm sack-whey, with twenty or thirty drops of spirit of hartshorn in each draught; by avoiding all fles...
-Blood-Shot Eye
This disorder may be known by the blood-red colour of the white of the eye, which afterwards turns livid or black; it is caused by a blow or fall, or a violent vomiting, whereby the blood is extravasa...
-White Speck Or Spot In Eye
When this is superficial, it always appears white; but when it is deeply rooted, it tends to blackness, and is scarce curable. That which follows an inflammation of the eye, generally disappears witho...
-Watry Eye
This generally arises from the weakness of the lachrymal gland, for which reason it will be proper to use strengtheners externally, such as Hungary water, fennel and valerian water; the parts round ab...
-A Web In Eye
This is a fleshy skin that arises from the corner of the eye, and at length covers the eye entirely or in part; sometimes the web is thin and white, sometimes thick, rough, obseure and painful; someti...
-Fainting Fits
Sometimes this disorder proceeds from loss of strength, from profuse bleeding, from a sudden fright, from some terrifying spectacle, from long fasting, and from the hysteric passion, as well as from a...
-Gutta Serena
This is a loss of sight when no fault appears in the eyes; the cure may be promoted by drinking the infusion of male speedwel, rosemary-flower-, sage, fennel, valerian root, and sassafras in the manne...
-Head-Ach
Sometimes this happens from too great a quantity of blood rushing into the head, which arises from a plethoric state of the body, or from the usual bleeding of the nose being suppressed; and then ther...
-Jaundice In Children
Many infants are afflicted with this disease soon after they are born, for which the following powder may be given in the nurse's milk, viz. a grain of saffron with a grain of mineral bezoar, twice or...
-Inflammation Of Kidneys
This is known by a pungent burning pain in the place where the kidneys are seated, attended with a fever; the urine is made often and small in quantity, and is very red and flame-coloured; but in the ...
-Hard Or Difficult Labour
When this arises from want of strength in the mother, and the child lies in a natural situ-ation, as also when the mouth of the womb is open, which the midwise is to be sure of by examination, then so...
-Inflammation Of Liver
This is attended with a very acute continual fever, and a violent pain in the nervous membranes of the liver, which is felt every time the patient draws in his breath: there is likewise a cough, sneez...
-Madness, Melancholy
These are so nearly allied, that they cannot well be treated of apart; when a person begins to be melancholy, he is fad, dejected, dull without any apparent cause; he is fearful, and yet loves to be a...
-Nurse. The Choice Of A Good Nurse
When the mother cannot or does not choose to give fuck, it will be necessary to provide a good nurse; her age should be from twenty three to thirty, for then she is in her full health, strength and vi...
-Piles
These are either the Bleeding, or the Blind. The bleeding piles are not always a disease, for sometimes they return regularly once a month, and then they cannot be stopt without causing grievous disor...
-Plague
This is a malignant contagious fever, attended with a violent heat, thirst, anxiety, and other grievous symp-toms, together with buboes and carbuncles, commonly called plague fores; as also with black...
-Poisons
There are various kind of poisons, but it is of very little consequence to be acquainted with their names or nature, because the cure is much the same in all, except a flow poison to be mentioned here...
-Running At The Nose
The matter of this is a thin sharp serum in great plenty, which gradually becomes thick, and sometimes changes its colour; it often excoriates the parts and at length flops up the nostrils, so as to h...
-Other Deceases
Agues See Intermitting Fevers. Alexipharmacs See Sudorifics. St. Anthony's Fire See Erysipelas. Burning Fever See Fever Burning. Chilblains See Kibes. Colic Convulsive See Belly-ach dry. C...









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