CHAP. 53.—-REMEDIES FOR COUGH AND FOR SPITTING OF BLOOD.
A. wolf's liver, administered in mulled wine, is a cure for
cough; a bear's gall also, mixed with honey; the ashes of the
tips of a cow's horn; or else the saliva of a horse, taken in the
drink for three consecutive days—in which last case the horse
will be sure to die, they say.1
A deer's lights are useful for
the same purpose, dried with the gullet of the animal in the
smoke, and then beaten up with honey, and taken daily as an
electuary: the spitter2
deer, be it remarked, is the kind that
is the most efficacious for the purpose.
Spitting of blood is cured by taking ashes of burnt deer's
horns, or else a hare's rennet in drink, in doses of one-third
of a denarius, with Samian earth and myrtle-wine. The dung
of this last animal, reduced to ashes and taken in the evening,
with wine, is good for coughs that are recurrent at night.
The smoke, too, of a hare's fur, inhaled, has the effect of bringing off from the lungs such humours as are difficult to be discharged by expectoration. Purulent ulcerations of the chest
and lungs, and bad breath proceeding from a morbid state of
the lungs, are successfully treated with butter boiled with an
equal quantity of Attic honey till it assumes a reddish hue, a
spoonful of the mixture being taken by the patient every
morning: some persons, however, instead of honey prefer
using larch-resin for the purpose. In cases where there are
discharges of blood, cow's blood, they say, is good, taken in
small quantities with vinegar; but as to bull's blood, it would
be a rash thing to believe in any such recommendation. For
inveterate spitting of blood, bull-glue is taken, in doses of three
oboli, in warm water.