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1 All these remedies are perfectly useless.—B.
2 Pliny details the noxious effects, conceived to be produced by the influence of Sirius, in B. ii. c. 40, and, among others, its tendency to produce canine madness. In B. xxix. c. 32, he enumerates the various remedies proposed for the disease; these, however, are equally inefficacious with those mentioned here.—B.
3 We have an account of this disease in Celsus, B. v. c. 27, and especially of the peculiar symptom from which it derives its classical denomination. It is remarkable that Aristotle, Hist. Anim. B. viii. c. 22, speaking of canine madness, says, that it is communicated by the dog to all animals, except man.—B. See B. vii. c. 13.
4 It appears that there was a difference of opinion as to the number of days during which the Dog-star continued to exercise its influence.—B.
5 The history of this supposed discovery is related more at large, B. xxv. c. 2 and 6. The popular name of the plant is still the "dog-rose."—B.
6 Columella says, that the operation prevents the tail from acquiring "fœdum incrementum," "afoul increase;" and, as many shepherds say, secures the animal from the disease.—B.
7 This is one of the marvellous tales related by Julius Obsequens, c. 103.—B.
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