Batman vppon Bartholome his booke De proprietatibus rerum, newly corrected, enlarged and amended: with such additions as are requisite, vnto euery seuerall booke: taken foorth of the most approued authors, the like heretofore not translated in English. Profitable for all estates, as well for the benefite of the mind as the bodie. 1582.
Bartholomaeus, Anglicus, 13th cent., Trevisa, John, d. 1402., Batman, Stephen, d. 1584.


*OF diuers kindes of wormes in the body, as Vermes, which ye Greciansall Scolices, Lumbrici, Ascarides, and Cucurbiti. Lumbrici be long white wormes in the body. Ascarides be smal little wormes as bigge as an haire, and halfe an inch of length, and they be in a gut called the longation, & these wormes lye ickeling in the undament, or fat hale. Cucurbiti, be square wormes in the body: some of the fashion lyke vnto maggets, of a swarte darkie coulour.

Also there are oftentimes in young children, wormes like vnto Bombax, of halfe an inche long, hauing sixe féete, of a pale coulour, and some browne. There is also Sirones, which frette the handes, and in the féete termed Degges, Then is there also the King-worme, named Impetigo. There are Tettar wormes, care wormes, and wormes in the téeth: Oyle of bitter Almonds drop∣ped in the eares, and the iuyce of Rewe, and Oyle of Wormewoode, killeth the wormes in the eares. To cure the bex∣ing of Astarides, Garlicke in meates, because they bréede of cholar and fleg∣matike humours. For the dispatche of Lumbrici, take worme seede brused in Ale, or swéete wines fasting. Cucurbi∣ti, these wormes lyeng in the mawe, come of abundaunce of fleame. Aloes cicotrine is good to kill these wormes, and Garlike with the meates for nyne dayes.

Impetigo, Zerua or Zarua, called of the Gréekes Lichen, of some Lichena. There are two kinds, the visurous scab and watrie is called a King worme, the other is a drye Tettarithis is infectious, and is soone taken by lyeng in an vn∣cleane bedde. The drye scabbe commeth of melancholy, the wet commeth of pu∣trified fleame and corrupt bloud. Som∣times there groweth wormes in the bo∣dy of vnaccustomed formes, after the su∣perfluousnesse of the humour, by yt which they are ingendered, some two, thrée, foure, fiue, sixe, or seauen yeardes long, some round, and some flat, and of the co∣lour of ashes, and of Crickets without féete. There are that haue féete verye short, as the Caterpiller: whereof some be two inches long, and some more.

Forth of the secrets in nature procéede many deformed and rare wormes, which sometimes amaze the beholders. To kéepe the bodyes from such wormes, kéepe temperate dyet, and when there is fealte within the body any vnwon∣ted fretting or gnawing, drinks the filyng of the Elephants soothe, made into a kinde of duste, with the pow∣der of the Leaues of Tamariske, or els of the Pomegranate, in a temperate Aqua vitae, and it shall speedely destroy all such impediments.