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ttie hight air, or heavy dews, which too often prove fatal to those who wantonly sport with their con- . stitutions to enjoy cool repose without canopies; Avoid immoderate and athletic exercise, and every thing that may tend to inflame or corrupt your blood. Never drink cold water when you find yourself in a heat: warm beverage, weak punch, or fangre, is best, and will cool you; and if such cannot be had, refrain from drink till you are cool. Be always guarded in your manner of living; let your food be as easy of digestion as possible; and load not your stomach with fat or greasy meats; lest you be troubled with the cholic or bile; and be not fond of milk, or any thing that will curdle on your stomach. Eat no. suppers, and go to bed quite sober every night, and you will enjoy good health. Fruit, such as pine apples, star apples, and melons, are gratesul, about ten or eleven o'clock in the forenoon. Health chiefly depends on the habit of the body; if you find yourself costive, take a gentle purge, for you should have a stool once or twice daily.
When your pulse beat strong and fast, like the ticking of a watch; when you feel a beating or reeling in your head; a weakness in your eyes; pains in your neck, back, shoulders, or knees; when your perspiration smells strong and disagreeable to yourself; or, when you do not perspire as free as ulual; when you feel yourself grow uncommonly heavy and drowsy; when you have C' a disa difagreeable taste in your mouth, and your tongue gets white and foul •, when your appetite declines, and when you have morning Teachings, these are all feverish symptoms, and proceed from the disorder and foulness of the stomach; a vomit of tartar emetic, and a purge or two, timely and properly administered, and afterwards a few dosts of Peruvian bark, each insused in a wine glass of water, and taken hourly, will effectually stop the fever's surther progress.
When the above symptoms are not attended to, a fever inevitably must follow; when a fever is intermittant, and attended with an ague, it is not thought dangerous; the cure chiefly depends upon emetics and purges, with plenty of bark taken when the hot fit is over. Proper attendance is essentially necessary; for numbers, I am confident, die through neglect. A glass of beverage, or fage-tea, may often be a cordial to the thirsty lip of a languid wretch, who has been sweating and frying several weeks upon a sickly couch; when a person is confined to his bed, some caresul, discreet, black woman, should be appointed to attend him all day and night. Therefore let me request, that when you find yourself indisposed as I have mentioned, you will immediately check the first symptom of a fever, least it gets too formidable, and putrifaction, which is very common, takes place. It is always a sure sign of getting the better of a fever, when the lips blister and break out.
An ague proceeds from obstructed perspirations, or whatever retards the motion of the juices, and delays the circulation of the blood: the signs are drowsiness, heaviness, coldness, and shivering, and an involuntary motion of the jaws.
Of all the diseases poor mortals are subject to, dry belly-achs are attended with the most excrutiating torture; it is impossible to conceive the extreme pain and agony the patient suffers in one hour: nothing but the pains of hell can equal it. Castor oil, whiA grows upon a shrub in the island* is the best medicine in this case; it sometimes effectually cures. There is a hot bath near Spanish Town which gives immediate ease; indeed, any hot bath, whilst the patient remains in it, will give ease in like manner.
A consumption proceeds from whatever cos* rupts the blood, or obstructs the circulation of the vessels, some impediment in the lungs, or from long continued coughs, pleurisies, intemperance, ill.cured venerials, or hard study ) or a consumption may be hereditary. It is cured with great difficulty even in its most simple stage; but when confirmed, hardly ever; a hot climate is best for those who are of a consumptive nature ; mercurial purgatives are of essential service, nor should the patient by any means be dissuaded from taking them; it is also necessary to gi»t blooded, provided always (as they fay in their acts of parliament) that there is no bleeding at the nose; tea, penada, fagoe, jellies, fruit, with clear and pleaC a sent fant air, polite chearsul company, music, riding moderately, are all conducive to health in consumptive cases.
Notwithstanding all the advice and caution I shall hereafter give you, and in spite of all your own fortitude and firmest resolutions, respecting unlawsul amours, you will, no doubt (as frail flesh and blood) have connections with the tender sex. The climate excites desire, and makes men and women more amorous and lascivious than in colder regions; the misfortunes t>ften attending the gratification of libidinous passions to excess, prove ruinous to the health and welfare of many: though the pleasures are only momentary, the pain may be long and lasting, and never will bear serious reflection without some poignacy at heart; as a man cannot put his finger into the sire without scorching ir, so he cannot have connections with lewd women, and escape diseases.
Venereals are disorders of different kinds. A simple venereal, or c—p, is not thought to hurt the constitution much, if properly cured, but may be serviceable to those who are gross in flesh, in preventing fevers. A c—p is caused from a communication of the fame sort of matter through the vessels to the parts it corrodes ; it is somewhat odd to me, that men are more liable than women to contract the disease, considering the difference of the organs of generation in both; the first symptom of a c—p Is a prickling pain, and afterward* a scalding in reaking of water; if the r matter matter is yellowish and flows plentisully, and the symptoms moderate, the patient may be cured in eight or ten days; nor should he, through any incitation whatsoever, have to do with the sex till properly cured; for should he trespass in this cafe, it will every time exasperate the disease, and retard the cure, whereby he will injure his own frame by taking a greater quantity of medicine than usual to remove it, and so introduce an avenue for rhumafic pains (what dissipated rakes call the gout) to follow several years aftar, and attend him to his last: hours: nor should he, if possible, entertain even one amorous thought the whole time, nor do any thing to create desire or cause erections. *
A c—ip is often attended with a cordee, which is * convulsive contraction of the under part of the penis, caused by'the corrosive matter affecting such parts bending it crooked, and is felt in erections which are iijvoluntary and more frequene than when natural; it often occasions a flux of blood and matter, and is attended with great pain when the patient is making water—O libidinous, ungovernable passions, to what do you reduce poor mortals!
There are many ways of curing c—ps; every quack almost prescribes differently; and though every one will pretend to cure ir, not one in twenty can do it radically. The following prescription, which I got from an eminent physician, cured me and many others effectually.
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