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 tears, a dim-ness of sight, and a dulness of the mind and senses; the patient in the fit is exceeding costive, and has a strong desire to make water, which is thin and clear. The whole body is languid, with a difficulty of breathing, a pain in the loins, and a shivering or making; the belly is hard, and the navel is drawn inwards, the heart flutters, the extremities are cold, and the parts about the throat seem strait as if bound with a cord. Some have strong convulsions of the head and limbs, others have their face and neck look red and inflamed, others again break out into fits of laughter, and utter many absurd things. The patients may generally be brought to their senses by burning feathers or the like under their nose; with assa-foetida, or preparations of castor. For women in child-bed, a girdle made of Ruffia-leather, and bound pretty tight, is excellent; likewise clysters made with camomile-flowers, elder-flowers, and male speedwel, boiled in whey, to which add a little oil of elder.

Inwardly give twenty grains of the following pills: "Take "of gum-ammoniac two drams, of Ruffian castor a dram, of "salt of amber thirty grains, balsam of Peru, enough to make "a mass for pills."

Out of the fit, if the patient is full of blood, it will be proper to take some away, unless the fits come on at particular times of the moon, as the full or new, or at the quarters; then take four grains of the mass of gum-pills, and make them into two pills for a dose; this quantity is to be taken every two hours. Sometimes it will be proper to lay the following plaster to the navel: "Take of galbanum, dissolved in tincture of "castor and strained, three drams, of tacamahac three drams; "mix them, and make a plaster to be applied to the navel." If the fits observe the changes of the moon, then, "take of "wild valerian-root half a dram, of nitre or factitious cinna-"bar in fine powder twenty grains, mix and make a powder," to be taken morning and evening in a spoonful of syrup of sugar.

It is necessary to observe that all women cannot bear the same medicines: some have an aversion to all medicines with a strong smell, which are an immediate relief to others; some have been brought to themselves by sprinkling cold water on the face, when more powerful spirituous medicines have failed; others cannot endure hot things either outwardly or inwardly, such as baths, fomentations, liniments and nervous applications. Anodynes and opiates, which give ease and rest to some, are very injurious to those of weak nerves, or who are greatly debilitated.

A scruple of the Peruvian bark, given morning and evening, is an excellent remedy in hysteric convulsions.