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Receipt book [manuscript].
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compiled ca. 1600
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folio 36 verso || folio 37 recto
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offences, or hinderances of breathing in generall, are these fifteen following. first, that difficulty of breathing is occasioned, by the in temperature, or corruption of the lungs, secondly by the narrowness, or straightness of the brest, whereby the lungs and midriff cannot freely moove thirdly by the want [of the ..... ]of the animall spirits as in the apoplexye, and other cold and soporiferous affects and in those that are neer death. fourthly through the hurt or imperfection of the nerves that tend to the passing of the animall spirits from the brayne, vnto the muscles of the brest and midriff, fiftthly by reason of payne in the muscles of the brest, or other adiacent parts that either administer help vnto breathing, or by theyr grievance may hinder it. sixthly by the hinderance of the midriffs motion, through waters, or phlegmatick humors, or blood contaynd in the concave part of the brest or through the obstruction or swelling of the bowells in the paunch, or ascension of vapors [fr] and wind from the lower parts vnto the midriff. seventhly by the vlceration, or hurt whatsoever of the lungs, or by its groweth vnto the brest or by the obstruction, or stoppage of its conduits, or pipes. Eightly thorough the hurt or inflammation of the midriff, or by the defluxion of some catarrhe vppon it. Ninthly thorough the brusing, or other hurt of the muscles that moove the brest. tenthly from the brusing breaking or dislocation, of the ribs, or ^the ioynts of the back bone, as allso the induration, of the grissly part of the brest into a bonelike [so] hardness. Eleventhly from the diseases or hurts of the muscles of the paunch. twelfthly from the nose, mouth, and iawes as when they are sore, inflamed, or swelled. 6 folio 37 recto 37 thirteenthly, ^by the hurt, or stopping of the larinx, (which is the head of the aspera arteria) or aspera arteria it selfe or its branches dispersed in the lungs, by watery, or phlegmatick matter, as in dropsyes, and other cold diseases. fourteenthly thorough the alteration, or change of the vse of breathing which: is divers wayes occasioned, but especially and most dangerously, when the hart leaves beating, for soe long as the motion of the hart surceaseth, soe long is there very litle, or no breathing at all, as in swoundings, and in woemen) suffocation of the womb, vulgarly called the mother: by which: as it is evident that breathing is chiefely ordayned for the ayering and [ev] refreshing of the hart, soe is it manifest that breathing is not a litle furthered, by the impulsive force of the harts motion. fifteenthly, by the fault of the ayre which: wee draw in, as when it is too hott, too cold, to thick, impure and vaporous, and soe vnapt alltogether, to temper the harts heate, as it should. to these causes may allsoe be added this consideration, that in fevers, and diverse other diseases allsoe the breathing facultyes may be hurt, by reason of which: diversitye of causes I suppose no [generall] ^one medecine can be soe generally distributive, as to serve for the cure of these severall particulers; nor hath the methode (in my reading or hearesay) been by any one author at full sett downe, but in part, according as the affect hath required; being derived from one, or other internall, or externall cause. To observe therefore vnto ^you the methode of my teachers, and not only myne, but theyrs whosoever that owne the calling of phisitians at this day. I will handle the [....] cureable sorts of difficulty of breathing, as that wee call asthma, and orthopnaea, to the first whereof your impediment of breathing (If I mistake not) is not improperly to be resembled. Therefore 7
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