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For the cure of erysipelas, wool-grease is used, with pomnpholix1 and oil of roses; the blood2 also extracted from a tick; earth worms, applied in vinegar; or else a cricket crushed between the hands—the good effect of this last being that the person who uses this precaution before the malady has made its appearance, will be preserved therefrom for a whole year. Care must be taken also that iron is used for the removal of the cricket, with some of the earth about its hole. Goose-grease is also employed for this purpose; a viper's head, dried and burnt, and applied with vinegar; or a serpent's slough, applied to the body, immediately after the bath, with bitumen and lamb suet.

1 See B. xxxiv. c. 33.

2 Ajasson remarks that, in reality, this is not blood, but a kind of viscous liquid.

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