CHAP. XI. That the common proverbe is false, Milke must be washed from the Liver.
BEcause this so familiar, and ordina∣ry Proverbe is not of any great mo∣ment, we will speake but little of it. Many when they eat Milk → , do presently Page 167drink Beere or ← Wine → , and ← say → that ← Milk → must be washed off the Liver.
For which saying there is no reason; [ 1] for then the ← Milk → is not yet come to the Liver, but is contained still in the sto∣mach, and therefore there is no sence why it should be washed off the Liver. But they must rather stay three or foure houres after the taking of the ← Milk → ; for then is the first concoction of the sto∣mach finished, and the ← milk → is in the Li∣ver, that it may be turned into blood.
Secondly, [ 2] no reason enforces why ← milk → should be washed from the Liver rather than other meats, for there is the same reason of all meats, which necessity ur∣ges to be contained in the Liver, that they may be changed into blood.
Thirdly, [ 3] it is sure, that by this meanes the ← Milk → is curdled in the Stomach, * and so is afterward more easily corrupted, more slowly concocted, and burdens the stomach; for ← Milk → curdled in the Sto∣mach, is reckoned among poysons, and I knew a man, that by this meanes dyed suddenly. Let them therefore observe it, that use to eat ← milk → , that they doe not unadvisedly drinke ← Wine → or other liquours that dissolve ← milk → , seeing that by the use of them ← milk is soon corrup∣ted Page 168in the stomach, waxes sowre, and be∣comes hurtfull.