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We have already1 stated in what country the honey is venomous: the fish known as the dorade2 is an antidote to its effects. Honey, even in a pure state, is sometimes productive of surfeit, and of fits of indigestion, remarkable for their severity; the best remedy in such case, according to Pelops, is to cut off the feet, head, and tail, of a tortoise, and boil and eat the body; in place, however, of the tortoise, Apelles mentions the scincus, an animal which has been described elsewhere3 We have already mentioned too, on several occasions,4 how highly venomous is the menstruous fluid: the surmullet, as already5 stated, entirely neutralizes its effects. This last fish, too, either applied topically or taken as food, acts as an antidote to the venom6 of the pastinaca, the land and sea scorpion, the dragon,7 and the phalangium.8 The head of this fish, taken fresh and reduced to ashes, is an active neutralizer of all poisons, that of fungi more particularly.

It is asserted also, that if the fish called the sea-star9 is smeared with a fox's blood, and then nailed to the upper lintel of the door, or to the door itself, with a copper nail, no noxions spells will be able to obtain admittance, or, at all events, to be productive of any ill effects.

1 In B. xxi. c. 44.

2 Or Gilt-head. "Aurata." See B. ix. c. 25.

3 In B. viii. c. 38. See also B. xxviii. c. 30.

4 Among others, in B. vii. c. 13, and B. xxviii. c. 23.

5 In B. xxviii. c. 23.

6 As to this point, see c. 12 of this Book, and the Notes.

7 He must mean the Sea-dragon, mentioned in B. ix. c. 43, and in c. 53 of the present Book; for he has already stated in B. xxix. c. 20, that the serpent called "draco" is destitute of venom. See also B. viii. cc. 13, 14, 22, 41, and B. x. cc. 5, 92, 95, 96.

8 See B. viii. c. 41, B. x. c. 95, and B. xi. cc. 24, 28, 29.

9 See B. ix. cc. 71, 86, and c. 53 of the present Book.

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