Young people for the most part have a crisis in their complaints,
some in forty days, some in seven months, some in seven years, some
at the approach to puberty; and such complaints of children as remain,
and do not pass away about puberty, or in females about the commencement
of menstruation, usually become chronic.
To persons past boyhood, haemoptysis, phthisis, acute fevers,
epilepsy, and other diseases, but especially the aforementioned.
To persons beyond that age, asthma, pleurisy, pneumonia, lethargy,
phrenitis, ardent fevers, chronic diarrhoea, cholera, dysentery, lientery,
To old people dyspnoea, catarrhs accompanied with coughs, dysuria,
pains of the joints, nephritis, vertigo, apoplexy, cachexia, pruritus
of the whole body, insomnolency, defluxions of the bowels, of the
eyes, and of the nose, dimness of sight, cataract (glaucoma), and
dullness of hearing.
We must purge pregnant women, if matters be turgid (in a state
of orgasm?), from the fourth to the seventh month, but less freely
in the latter; in the first and last stages of pregnancy it should
In purging we should bring away such matters from the body as it
would be advantageous had they come away spontaneously; but those
of an opposite character should be stopped.
If the matters which are purged be such as should be purged, it
is beneficial and well borne; but if the contrary, with difficulty.
We should rather purge upward in summer, and downward in winter.
About the time of the dog-days, and before it, the administration
of purgatives is unsuitable.
Lean persons who are easily made to vomit should be purged upward,
avoiding the winter season.
Persons who are difficult to vomit, and are moderately fat, should
be purged downward, avoiding the summer season.
We must be guarded in purging phthisical persons upward.