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CHAP. XIII. Of the Apoplexy and Epilepsy

Excefles, Lazincfs, and Neglect of the Non· naturals in Ferions of the abovemcntion'd particular Make and Conftitution of Body. It is o f this laß chiefly that I intend to fay any thing here, the Treatment of the others being obvious. As to the immediate CauJ'e of the y lp opie click Fit, I think it muft be one o f thefe two, viz. * either 2 Rupture of the Blood-VeiTcls in the Brain, whereby a great Quantity of Blood being cxtravafated upon its including Membranes, or into its Cavities, prcifes upon the Origin of the Nerves, fo as to intercept their Operation and FiwÛions, fronl whence the mention’d Appearances may be cafily deduc’d. And this may be cither occafion’d by a Fall, a Bruife, a Wound, or any other violent Accident upon the Skull, or by too great a Quantity o f Blood, or its being overheated by ftrong Liquors, violent Exercifc, or immoderate frnfual Pleafurcs, in thofe who have the Configuration I have defcribed. This fecms to be the Cafe of thofe Apoplexies that happen in Southern Countries, where, tho’ the Climate confines them to a very moderate Diet, yet as they wallow in Jenftal Pleafurcs of another Nature, and deal fomctimcs pretty freely with fpir it nous Liquors, and Opiates (which have the lame deleterious Effe£ts) thefe things

* -Vide PbüofiHi. Tran'lich N® 31R 4 in

in a fcorching[Climate, rnay kindle a Flame in the BJood lufficient to produce thefe men­ tion’d Effects.