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Hydromel is recommended, too, as very good for a cough: taken warm, it promotes vomiting. With the addition of oil it counteracts the poison of white lead;1 of henbane, also, and of the halicacabum, as already stated,2 if taken in milk, asses' milk in particular. It is used as an injection for diseases of the ears, and in cases of fistula of the generative organs. With crumb of bread it is applied as a poultice to the uterus, as also to tumours suddenly formed, sprains, and all affections which require soothing applications. The more recent writers have condemned the use of fermented hydro- mel, as being not so harmless as water, and less strengthening than wine. After it has been kept a considerable time, it becomes transformed into a wine,3 which, it is universally agreed, is extremely prejudicial to the stomach, and injurious to the nerves.4

1 It is the oil, Fée says, and not the hydromel, that combats the effects of the white lead, a subcarbonate of lead.

2 In B. xxi. c. 105.

3 Mead, or metheglin.

4 This is, perhaps, the meaning of "nervis" here, but it is very doubtful. See Note 9, in p. 77 of Vol. III.

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