The Signs and Causes of Melancholic Hypochondria

  • François Du Port


Sometimes there burns within the body an attacking invading humour, filling the mind with heat and fear, which, when it is fierce, by hard breathing fills up the hypochondria resonantly with wind. The heart falters, beats strongly, then halts suddenly: the face is of purple hue, raging anger is roused, a dark vapour clouds the eyes and these vagaries may cause despair of life. This distemper of morbid obstruction comes when the vessels of the mesentery are filled with malignant humour which the heated liver corrupts, as does the fire of the spleen: and the black fumes fill the brain: and the rumbling hypochondria resound so much as barely to admit of any healing, unless by skilful use of potent herbs.


Public Health Internal Medicine General Practice Family Medicine Potent Herb 
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  • François Du Port

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