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Epileptic patients, as already1 stated, are recommended to drink the rennet of the sea-calf,2 mixed with mares' milk or asses' milk, or else with pomegranate juice, or, in some cases, with oxymel: some persons, too, swallow the rennet by itself, in the form of pills. Castoreum3 is sometimes administered, in three cyathi of oxymel, to the patient fasting; but where the attacks are frequent, it is employed in the form of a clyster, with marvellous effect. The proper proportions, in this last case, are two drachmæ of castoreum, one sextarius of oil and honey, and the same quantity of water. At the moment that the patient is seized with a fit, it is a good plan to give him castoreum, with vinegar, to smell. The liver, too, of the sea- weasel4 is given to epileptic patients, or else that of sea-mice,5 or the blood of tortoises.

1 In B. viii. c. 49.

2 See Note 14 above.

3 See Chapter 13 of the present Book.

4 See B. ix. c. 29.

5 See B. ix. cc. 35, 76.

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