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1 In B. xix. c. 26.
2 Fée says that the medicinal properties recognized by the moderns in the several varieties of the Raphanus sativus are, that their action is slightly stimulating when eaten raw, and that boiled and eaten with sugar they are soothing, and act as a pectoral.
3 "Lagonoponon." Nearly all these asserted virtues of the radish, Fée says, are illusory.
4 "Phlegmoni." Stagnation of the blood, with heat, redness, swelling, and pain.
5 "Veternosi." Fée says that, rigorously speaking, "veternus" was that state of somnolency which is the prelude to apoplexy.
6 The Coluber cerastes of Linnæus. See B. viii. c. 35.
7 Poinsinet warns us not to place too implicit faith in this assertion.
8 Dioscorides says the same, but the assertion is quite destitute of truth.
9 Nicander, in his "Alexipharmaca," ll. 430 and 527, says that the cabbage, not the radish, is good for poisoning by fungi and henbane; and in l. 300 he states that the cabbage is similarly beneficial against the effects of bullock's blood. Pliny has probably fallen into the error by confounding 'ραφάνος, the "cabbage," with 'ραφάνις, the "radish."
10 Themistocles is said to have killed himself by taking hot bullock's blood. It is, however, very doubtful.
11 "Morbus comitialis"—literally the "comitial disease." Epilepsy it is said, was so called because, if any person was seized with it at the "Comitia," or public assemblies of the Roman people, it was the custom to adjourn the meeting to another day.
13 The cœliac flux, Fée says, is symptomatic of chronic enteritis; and is a species of diarrhœa, in which the chyme is voided without undergoing any change in passing through the intestines.
16 De Morb. Mulier. B. ii. c. 67.
17 Eating or corroding ulcers.
18 Hippocrates, De Diætâ, B. ii. cc. 25, 26, says that radishes are of a cold, and hyssop of a warm, nature.
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