He said some doctors had advised his father to the use of the mineral in that case, and to drink all he could of it,
and his father had come to his house to try the experiment.
I again cautioned him to use it moderately as first; for I was very certain there was danger of a very free use of so powerful a diuretic, in
his father's situation.
But it appeared that his father followed the counsel of his doctors: he drank some quarts of the water, as I was informed, in a very little time;
I think in about one hour; but it proved true that the stone was pressed into the neck of the bladder, and no means could be found to resist it.
The man continued a few days in great agony, and then expired.
I have mentioned this fact, for a caution to any person, who may apply to the same mineral in a similar circumstance,
that they use the water but very moderately at first, and take time to make the experiment in a more judicious manner.
Menses obstructed, &c.
A sudden obstruction from cold, or any Other accident, may be restored, most commonly, by a single electrification.
About forty shocks, of considerable force, in a firm constitution, have often given complete relief:
they fliould be passed, some through the uterus from the fore-side to the back, some from the back to the inside of the thigh,
and from all round the waist to the feet,
I have known this operation, in a sanguine habit, to give relief before they left the machine.
But in a penury of blood, languor, deficiency of excitement, &c. the case is quite dissimilar, and requires more patience to restore:
It calls for all the mental and animal stimulants or application of remedy to be made, both to body and mind, in some particular cases.
If it is caused by disappointment in love, intense grief, causing a dejection of spirits, the application must be made to the mind, if possible.
If the object of defire cannot be obtained, the unhappy sufferer should be removed to a place and company, where there is no knowledge,
no mention of his name; she must not be suffered to live in the house, nor walk a road where she had ever enjoyed his company.
These precautions and necessary pre-requisites being attended to, let her have lively company, frequent entertainments and amusements,
often riding on horseback and in carriages, generous wines, nutricious soluble diet, and, if they can be had, frequent insolations; and,
to make a completion of cure, let her be electrified, but very lightly, in the fame directions above named, and repeat it from time to time,
but especially at the periodical times, as nigh as may be, that the artificial effort may join hand with the natural, in producing the defired effect.
When a dejection of spirits hath had no hand in inducing a suppression, &c. there will
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