The methode of phisicke conteyning the causes, signes, and cures of invvard diseases in mans body from the head to the foote. VVhereunto is added, the forme and rule of making remedies and medicines, which our phisitians commonly vse at this day, with the proportion, quantitie, & names of ech [sic] medicine. By Philip Barrough.
Barrough, Philip, fl. 1590.

CAP. LXII. Of straitnesse of the matrice. DE PHINOSI VTERI.

*PHINOSIS in greeke, obturatio, or coarctatio vteri in Latin, it is a stopping or streightening in the mouth or necke of the matrice, whereby those places are made so streight, that it will not admit nor suffer any seede: or if they do re∣ceaue it, they cannot hold it, for because of their knobby hardnesse, it can not shut together. Sometime it receaueth seede, and it is kept and retained in Page  157 streight mouth of the wombe, & thereof is a child conceaued, but the conception bringeth occasion of death to the woman: seing, because of the great straightnesse of the places, it can not be brought foorth. This disease is caused in the mouth of the matrice,* either of ex∣ulceration going before, or of an inflammation there hardened. There is no neede of signes to know this disease by: for by the telling of the sicke, & by touching of it,* you may easilie know it. The cure of it must be wrought with fomentacions, that can release, dissolue, & mol∣lifie. Also with cataplasmes and incessions, that be of like power and vertue.* Therefore you must apply foments made of the decoction of fenugreeke, and hydrelaeon. Also you must vse pessaries, that can mollifie and dissolue, as that is which is made of aesipum, that is, oyle tried out of woll in sheepes flanks or necks, salt peter, and turpentine. To be short, to the cure of this disease you must vse mollifying medicines, as is mallowes, althaea nigella, fenugreeke, lineseede, ammoniake, bdellium, rozin, greace, and such lke, of the which you may make ce∣rotes, emplaisters, & all kind of outward medicines. And if the euill be waxed old, you must vse suffumigations, and euaporations made of aromatique things. And when the places do seeme to be softer to the feeling, then you must put a drie sponge, that hath a cord hanged at it, into the streight place, to the intent to make it wider: which if it fall out, you must put in another that is thicker. Therfore you must haue many and sundry drie sponges readie. Af∣terward you must annoint vpon the sponges that you will put in, some medicine made of alome, & claterium, mixed with hony, that thereby the place may be made wider. And if, af∣ter the sponges be taken away, the place do not seeme open & wide enough, and inflamma∣tion be present through the eating & gnawing of the medicines that were applied, then an∣noint vpon the sponge, that you will put in, this ointment.* ℞. oile of ireos. ℥.j. of fine turpen∣tine. ʒ.ij. of goose greace. ʒ.j. roote of ireos & frankensensence. ana. ʒ.ss. wax as much as is sufficient, & make an ointment. But if the inflammation be vehement, take oile of roses, or violets in stede of oile of yreos. When the inflāmation is ceased & the place is open, anoint vpon a sponge a cerote made of oile of roses & goose greace, & vse that vntill it be healed, making the place a little sounder: but yet you must alwayes put in sponges vntill the end of the cure, lest that the mouth of the wombe do gather together againe.