Of the Morphew. cap. 67.
MOrphea is speckes in ye skin, & com∣meth of corruption of meat & drink: And yt which is leper in ye flesh, is Mor∣phea in the skin.* Also some Morphea is white, & cōmeth of fleme, & some is black, & commeth of Melancholia, & some is red & commeth of Cholera or of bloud. The Morphea yt commeth of Melancholia & of steme, is hard to heale: And ye Morphea yt cometh of bloud is more easie to heale. Morphea is vncurable, if the skin of the fire liepight and pricked with & néedell Page [unnumbered] and bléedeth not, and if it bléedeth then it is curable.* And Morphea is all in the skinne, and Lepra is both in the flesh & in the skinne. This infection differeth but little from the infection that is cal∣led Gutta rosca, that infecteth the face with small and soft pimples, and com∣meth of gleamie, bloudye, and cholarike humours that bée betwéene the skinne and the flesh. In this passion, first the patient shall be let bloud, and the inner humours shall bée purged, and bée holpe with stewes and baths: And so the face shall bée comforted, and the pores •hall bée opened, & the matter shall passe out: then the sore place shal bée washed with medicines that cleanse and drye, and annointed with couenable ointmentes. Also Constantine sayth, that annointing with the warme bloud of an Hare is good against this infection.* For it de∣parteth and smiteth againe, and wast∣eth the bloud that is betwéene the skinne and the flesh. Aboue all things against such an Euill which commeth of humour, that is betwéene the skinne and the flesh, Fimus terrae is best in bathes and in stewes, in diuers séeth∣ings of stroppes and ointmentes.
In drinke it purgeth and cleanseth pim∣ples, whelkes, scabbes, and itching, and drieth superfluitie of humours betwéene the skinne and the flesh, and helpeth and succoureth them that bee disposed to Lepra.