Article 1. Of Seed.
THe Seed, the most noble principle in Generation, resists many injuries. That appears even from this, that the essence of many things can remain entire in many changes, & under another form. Let a Goat be fed with many purgative herbs; let the nurse drink the Goats-milk, and it will purge the child that sucks her: yet in the stomach of the Goat those herbs were changed into Chylus, and the Chylus was made blood in the Liver, and from blood milk in the Ud∣der; when the nurse drinks this milk, again Chylus is made of it in the stomach, blood of this Chylus in the Liver, milk of this blood in her breasts. I received it from one, saith Sennertus, worthy of credit, de consens. et dissens. that from the froth of a mad dog that stuck upon a cloath, little creatures were bred like to whelps. It is wont, being retain'd in Virgins and lusty Widows, to get a venomous quality, by corrupting in the matrix, and it will cause strong symptoms. For a malignant Page 327 vapour flying up, presseth the Intestines, the Liver, and the 〈…〉▪ and makes the breathing so small, that it can hardly be perceived. When any thing hangs over the parts of the privities or Navel to∣ward the Diaphragma, and ascending to the orifice of the stomach is perceived, there followes presently panting of the heart, aking of the heart, swimming of the head and palenesse. Whilest this continues▪ a woman falls suddenly down, and is deprived of breathing, speech, and sight; (many have layn so 3 dayes; others have been buried, as though they had been dead; Vesalius dissected one to his great disho∣nour) and sometimes a woman is affected with the Epilepsie, Con∣vulsion sits, and raving; and, as the malignant vapour fall on this or that part, so is she disquieted. Sometimes wonderfull voyces are heard out of their bellies, crying of frogs, hissing of Serpents, cro∣king of Crowes, crowing of Cocks, barking of dogs; which Gemma Frisius l. 1. c. 6. Cosmocrit. thinks they do vary as the passages and the spirits that break forth are proportioned. The Daughters of the President of Roan did alwaies laugh, and would not cease from it▪ Holler. de intern. morb. It happens sometimes, that imagination be∣ing hurt, they grow sick of melancholy, and think the Devill is pre∣sent; also they fall into the fury of the womb, and wandring melan∣choly: this principally is of force in February, and is heaped up in winter. When they are so affected, they will speak divers things, and divers wonders in strange tongues. Physitians say, they will de∣sire to lye with those they meet; they will talk in the night, and hide themselves in tombs, Henr. Petreius Nosolog. Harmon. Discours. 3. We read, that the Virgins of Miletus affected with this disease, of∣fered violence to themselves. The order of formation is this; First of all, the membranes that surround the Infant are made; For in these the nobler part of the seed is included, and the heat of the spi∣rit and seed is covered after: After this all the spermatick parts are delineated; and as their dignity is, so is each of them made in its order. Yet some are perfected sooner, some later. Hence at the first time of conception there appear 3. bubbles, as it were, swelling with spirits, which are the rudiments of the Brain, Heart and Li∣ver, and an innumerable company of threds, that are the beginnings of veins, nerves and arteries, and, as it were, the foundations of the solid parts, Sennert. l. 1. Institut. c. 9.