In Abdera, Anaxion, who was lodged near the Thracian
Gates, was seized with an acute fever; continued pain of the right side; dry cough,
without expectoration during the[p. 140]
first days, thirst, insomnolency;
urine well colored, copious, and thin. On the sixth, delirious; no
relief from the warm applications. On the seventh, in a painful state,
for the fever while the pains did not abate, and the cough was troublesome,
and attended with dyspnoea. On the eighth, I opened a vein at the
elbow, and much blood, of a proper character, flowed; the pains were
abated, but the dry coughs continued. On the eleventh, the fever diminished;
slight sweats about the head; coughs, with more liquid sputa; he was
relieved. On the twentieth, sweat, apyrexia; but after the crisis
he was thirsty, and the expectorations were not good. On the twenty-seventh
the fever relapsed; he coughed, and brought up much concocted sputa:
sediment in the urine copious and white; he became free of thirst,
and the respiration was good. On the thirty-fourth, sweated all over,
apyrexia general crisis.
Explanation of the characters.
It is probable that the evacuation
of the sputa brought about the recovery on the thirty-fourth day.