When the vessels abound with florid blood, it can be overcome and thinned by frequent and repeated baths, and much massage, and emptying of the bowel by art or nature: though to reduce it is a Sisyphean labour. But hard work, fasting and copious sweating that opens the pores of the skin, and the belly’s flux: all these counter the increased blood and gradually reduce it and protect the body, if it does nothing to cause relapse. And if the illness presses heavily and there is a risk that Nature may succumb, and red oppressive blood do harm, open the veins so that the disease may do no injury.


Tame Florid 

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