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Receipt book [manuscript].
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compiled ca. 1600
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folio 39 verso || folio 40 recto
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is not, (in this my small paynes) to commit soe great an absurditye, or rellish [of soe great a] presumption as to prescribe, where the expertissimi (as I may say) doe rem agere; but only to shew you what you have not soe compendiously had from them (your doctors I meane) wherein If you shall find any thing that may advantage your observations for your health, I have my purpose fully satisfyed; sure I am that no man directs his paynes with a more earnest desire of good success to you, then I doe these lines and my dayly wishes. But now of dyett. some doe question, whether or no slender or spare dyett be convenient in the asthma or difficulty of breathing. and the cause (I suppose) that mooves this doubt, is because Galen sayes in his booke de victu attenuante that he had with a slender dyett, without any phisick cured hardness of breathing, and the gout, and epilepsye or falling sickness, and many other lingring diseases. but against this of Galen is Hypocrates scited in his first aphorismi and 4th:, who there sayes that a slender spare dyett is vnsafe in longe continuin^g diseases. now some doe thus moderate the matter, say they it is requisite there should be according to Galen an attenuating ^or slender dyett, quatenus ad qualitatem in the qualitye, that is such as is of easy digestion and doth rarifye or make thinn the oppressing matter in the parts offended; and this seemes to concurr with Hypocrates, in his further expression of himselfe in the place above mentioned. for he, by his exception against scant dyett in this disease doth only feare deiection of strength, and not any 12 folio 40 recto 40 other impediment; likely to ensue vnto the patient thereby. Now as too slender a dyett is not frequently tolerable, soe is it more rather sometimes alloweable, then excess at any time at all: which: is defined to be such a quantity as cannot receave due concoction. Morever, forasmuch as the asthma, most commonly hath its beginning from a thick and cold cause, the dyett should be of an attenuating and moderate hott qualitye, and withall participating of a moystening property: for otherwise If the dyett and drink be of a heating, attenuating and withall a drying disposition, it may very easely happen, that the humor may thereby acquire a greater thickness, and toughness, and soe be more firmely fixed, to the places affected, then before. In this case the broth or decoction of an old Cock, is much famed by antiquitye, for that it hath with soe good success been vsed allmost by all [men] phisitians; the manner of composing, and ordering of which: (because it is to this day by many Phisitians thought inferiour to no other, in pectorall diseases) I will sett you downe according to the vse, and description, of Benedictus Victor: Faventi (which stands exemplarye for immitation of dayly practise) in this manner. 13
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