This section is from the book "The Lady's Assistant: Family Physician", by P. Davey and B. Law.
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 swelling like boils in the groin, called buboes. These are followed with pains, which cruelly afflict the head, joints of the shoulders, arms, and ancles. They are felt most in the night when the patient is warm in bed, and seldom leave him till towards morning. Likewise, scurf and scabs appear in various parts of the body, which are as yellow as a honey-comb; sometimes they are very broad, but the more they are dispersed over the body, the less is the torment. All these symptoms increase by degrees, especially the pain, which becomes so intense, that the patient is not able to lie in bed. Afterwards nodes or knots arise in the skull, shin-bones, and bones of the arms, which being attended with constant pain and inflammation, they at length corrupt and grow rotten. Eating ulcers likewise seize various parts of the body, beginning first at the throat, and from thence creep by degrees to the palate, to the gristle of the nose, which being consumed, the nose falls down flat.
The cure has generally been attempted by salivation, but that is more hazardous, and less effectual than taking quicksil-ver pills: "Take two drams of quicksilver, and grind it in "a mortar, with turpentine enough to kill it, and then add *« thirty grains of coloquintida pills, with aloes; mix them "together, and make twelve pills." One of these pills taken night and morning, will keep the body open without gripes or sickness. If they should make the mouth fore, they must be left off immediately, and not be taken again till it is gone. They must be repeated till all the symptoms are gone. If the patient at night takes half a pint of the following decoction, as hot as he can, and sweats after it, it will hasten the cure.
"Take four ounces of the raspings of guaiacum, and boil "them in a gallon of water to two quarts." When there is knots in the bones, lay some of the following plaster over them: "Take of factitious cinnabar, two ounces; of yellow "bees wax, half a pound; oil of roses, two ounces; melt "them together for a plaster. "This will disperse them miracu-lously. A little of the blue ointment may be rub'd into the buboes once a day, before they begin to ripen, which will disperse them. When the cure goes on successfully, all other symptoms will vanish of course.