CHAP. 29.—REMEDIES FOR COUGH AND DISEASES OF THE CHEST.
Surmullets act as an emetic, dried and pounded, and taken
in drink. Castoreum, taken fasting, with a small quantity of
in oxymel, is extremely good for asthma:
spasms, too, in the stomach are assuaged by taking a similar
potion with warm oxymel. Frogs stewed in their own liquor
in the saucepan, the same way in fact that fish are dressed,
are good for a cough, it is said. In some cases, also, frogs are
suspended by the legs, and after their juices2
have been received
in a platter, it is recommended to gut them, and the entrails
being first carefully removed, to preserve them for the above
purpose. There is a small frog,3
also, which ascends trees, and
croaks aloud there: if a person suffering from cough spits into
its mouth and then lets it go, he will experience a cure, it is said.
For cough attended with spitting of blood, it is recommended
to beat up the raw flesh of a snail, and to drink it in hot water.