CAP. V. De cerebri Sphacelo.
SPhacelus cerebri. The mortification of the brain is a suppuration or corruption of the very substance thereof, quae gangraena, vel sydera∣tio etiam nominatur.
This disease is most dangerous, and commonly deadly, even in three days space, as Hippocrates sheweth in his 51. Aphorism, Sect. 7. saying, They die within three days whose brain begins to cor∣rupt; but if they live longer, they recover their Page 11 health. Galen teacheth that we are not here to understand, by a sphacel, a compleat corruption of the brain, because that is uncurable; but such as is at hand by reason of the great inflammation. In those which recover (quod rarissimè contingit) nulla est praeteritorum memoria: they can neither re∣member their disease, nor any thing concerning it.
Dominus Henricus House, è Parochia Sanctae Margaritae, Sphacelo cerebri correptus est. He tossed to and fro, and could not remain in the same place; yet if any man asked him how he did, he would answer, he was well; he never took any meat or drink, but utterly refused all that his keeper en∣deavoured to give him; he would often bring his hand to his head, on which he would sometimes lay hold, being desirous to tear and pluck his hair; but as the disease increased, his body grew faint, which abated his violence: Sometimes he would suddenly rise up and roar out, and then presently lie down; on the third day he died, but a little before, I remember there came forth a filthy green matter out of his nostrils.