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Ague

There are two words commonly used to describe the chilly feeling experienced in fevers, especially in malarial fevers. These are (a) ῥῖγος and its derivatives, and (b) φρίχη and its derivatives. The former lays stress upon the chilly feeling, the latter upon the shivering accompanying it. But in this case also it is possible to discriminate too finely; see e.g. in Epidemics III. Case II. (second series), φρικώδης is followed by μετὰ τὸ γενόμενον ῥῖγος, referring apparently to the same occasion.

The reader should note the extreme care with which symptoms are described in the Hippocratic group of treatises. It has been pointed out, for instance, that in Epidemics I. Case I., and Epidemics III. Case XV. (second series), there are possibly

[p. lxi] instances of Cheyne-Stokes breathing. Noticed by the writer of these works, this important symptom was overlooked until the eighteenth century.

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