Heat is suppurative, but not in all kinds of sores, but when it
is, it furnishes the greatest test of their being free from danger.
It softens the skin, makes it thin, removes pain, soothes rigor, convulsions,
and tetanus. It removes affections of the head, and heaviness of it.
It is particularly efficacious in fractures of the bones, especially
of those which have been exposed, and most [p. 317]
especially in wounds of
the head, and in mortifications and ulcers from cold; in herpes exedens,
of the anus, the privy parts, the womb, the bladder, in all these
cases heat is agreeable, and brings matters to a crisis; but cold
is prejudicial, and does mischief.