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.


Public Health Pressive Blood Internal Medicine General Practice Human Body 
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