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Eretria takes its name from the territory1 which produces it. Nicomachus2 and Parrhasius made use of it. In a medicinal point of view, it is cooling and emollient. In a calcined state, it promotes the cicatrization of wounds, is very useful as a desiccative, and is particularly good for pains in the head, and for the detection of internal suppurations. If the earth, when applied3 with water, does not dry with rapidity, the presence of purulent matter is apprehended.

1 See B. iv. c. 21.

2 As to both of these artists, see Chapter 36.

3 To the chest.

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