CHAP. 14.—REMEDIES FOR PAINS IN THE VISCERA.
We give the one general name of "præcordia" to the
human viscera; for pains in any part of which, a sucking
whelp is applied, being pressed close to the part affected.1
malady, it is said, will in such case pass into the animal; a
fact which may be satisfactorily ascertained; for on disembowelling it, and sprinkling the entrails with wine, that part of the
viscera will be found affected in which the patient himself
was sensible of pain: to bury the animal in such a case is a
point most religiously observed. The dogs,2
too, which we
call "Melitæi," applied to the stomach every now and then,
allay pains in that region: the malady, it is supposed, passes
into the animal's body, as it gradually loses its health, and
it mostly dies.
(6.) Affections of the lungs are cured by using mice, those of
Africa more particularly, the animal being skinned and boiled
in salt and oil, and then taken with the food. The same preparation is used also, for the cure of purulent or bloody expectorations.