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Dentition in infants is promoted, and the gums greatly relieved, by rubbing them with ashes of a dolphin's teeth, mixed with honey, or else by touching the gums with the tooth itself of that fish. One of these teeth, worn as an amulet, is a preventive of sudden frights;1 the tooth of the dog-fish2 being also possessed of a similar property. As to ulcers which make their appearance in the ears, or in any other parts of the body, they may be cured by applying the liquor of river-crabs,3 with barley-meal. These crabs, too, bruised in oil and employed as a friction, are very useful for other kinds of maladies. A sponge moistened with cold water from time to time,4 or a frog applied, the back part to the head, is a most efficacious cure for siriasis5 in infants. When the frog is removed, it will be found quite dry, they say.

1 In the case of infants, probably.

2 "Canicula." See B. ix. cc. 11, 70.

3 Or "crawfish,"

4 "Crebro humefacto" seems a preferable reading to "cerebro humefacto," though supported by the Bamberg MS.

5 See B. xxii. c. 29, and B. xxx. c. 47.

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