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PART 14

XIV. The physical characteristics of the consumptives were :--skin smooth, whitish, lentil-coloured, reddish ; bright eyes ;1 a leucophlegmatic2 condition ; shoulder-blades projecting like wings. Women too so.3 As to those with a melancholic4 or a rather sanguine5 complexion, they were attacked by ardent fevers, phrenitis and dysenteric troubles. Tenesmus affected young, phlegmatic6 people ; the chronic diarrhoea and acrid, greasy stools affected persons of a bilious7 temperament.

1 It seems impossible to decide whether the adjective χαροπός refers here to the brightness of the eyes or to their colour (blue or grey).

2 See General Introduction, p. xlvi-li, on the humours. "Bitter bile" was the same as that sometimes called "yellow."

3 This brief phrase seems to mean that the same characteristics marked consumptive women as consumptive men.

4 See General Introduction, p. xlvi-li, on the humours. "Bitter bile" was the same as that sometimes called "yellow."

5 See General Introduction, p. xlvi-li, on the humours. "Bitter bile" was the same as that sometimes called "yellow."

6 See General Introduction, p. xlvi-li, on the humours. "Bitter bile" was the same as that sometimes called "yellow."

7 See General Introduction, p. xlvi-li, on the humours. "Bitter bile" was the same as that sometimes called "yellow."

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