CAP. X. De Cephalalgia, seu Dolore Capitis.
〈 in non-Latin alphabet 〉, The Cephalalgy, is a new, and painful grief, of the whole head, arising ei∣ther from a thick and cold matter, compressing the sensible parts; or else from a thin and hot hu∣mour or vapour, which toucheth the Membranes.
An external head-ach is always less dangerous, and easier cured then an internal: Dolore capitis in febre acuta cum urina tenui & alba, periculosus. In a great head-ach it is evil, to have the extream parts cold; for by the vehemency of the pain there is a strong attraction of heat to the part af∣fected, which will cause Inflammation: Dolor capitis post febres acutas perseverans, ostendit na∣turae imbecillitatem in expellendo materiam mor∣bosam: hinc itaque alia insequitur aegritudo, sicuti phrenesis, vel lethargus, vel apoplexia, vel paralysis, vel mania, vel surditas, vel caecitas, secundùm quod materia vel calida, vel frigida, vel simplex, vel composita fuerit: & secundùm quod ad hanc, vel illam partem, inclinabit. A strong pain of the head suddenly seizing, without evacuation fol∣lowing, or mitigation of the disease, is deadly; destructionem enim facultatis animalis significat, which no more feeleth that object which caused the grief. Dolor capitis, qui à principio non fuit, certum est indicium futurae erisis per vomitum, aut Page 19 sanguinis è naribus fluxum. To women with child, sleepie, and heavy head-aches are evill: But if pus, water, or blood flow forth by the mouth, ears, or nostrils, the danger is then past. They that recover of a disease in the inferiour parts, and have after a vehement head-ach, (if a manifest evacuation went not before) will have an Impostume in their brain; materiae enim mor∣bisicae translationem ad cerebrum significat.
A certain Gentleman tarrying too long in the Sun, was taken with extream head-ach; for the removal of which, there was taken seven ounces of blood from his forehead vein, whereby his head-ach was presently abated, and soon after went quite away.
I read of a Spanish Prince, who being grievous∣ly tormented with head-ach, was four times let blood in the arm; but the pain still continuing as strong as before, it was taken away within the space of an hour, by opening the Saphena in his right ancle.
A certain Baronet, aged about 44. was alto∣gether freed of a most cruel pain in his head, chiefly, by the applying of Leeches to the He∣morrhoid Veins.
Vide mean Scholam Physicam, Rec. 40.