CHAP. 68.—REMEDIES FOR DROPSY.
For dropsy, a will boar's urine is good, taken in small doses
in the patient's drink; it is of much greater efficacy, however,
when it has been left to dry in the bladder of the animal. The
ashes, too, of burnt cow-dung, and of bulls' dung in particular
—animals that are reared in herds, I mean—are highly esteemed.
This dung, the name given to which is "bolbiton,"1
duced to ashes, and taken in doses of three spoonfuls to one
semisextarius of honied wine; that of the female animal being
used where the patient is a woman, and that of the other sex
in the case of males; a distinction about which the magicians
have made a sort of grand mystery. The dung of a bull-calf is
also applied topically for this disease, and ashes of burnt calves'
dung are taken with seed of staphylinos,2
in equal proportions,
in wine. Goats' blood also is used, with the marrow; but it
is generally thought that the blood of the he-goat is the most
efficacious, when the animal has fed upon lentisk, more particularly.