Hippocrates on the "Epidemics", Book III

Hippocrates v. I (edited & translated by W.H.S. Jones, London, 1984)*


Case V

In Larissa a bald man suddenly experienced pain in the right thigh. No remedy did any good.

First day. Acute fever of the ardent type; the patient was quiet, but the pains persisted.

Second day. The pains in the thigh subsided, but the fever grew worse; the patient was rather uncomfortable and did not sleep; extremities cold; copious and unfavourable urine was passed.

Third day. The pain in the thigh ceased, but there was derangement of the intellect, with distress and much tossing.

Fourth day. Death about mid-day.


Case XII

In Larissa a maiden was seized with an acute fever of the ardent type. Sleeplessness;thirst; tongue sooty and parched; urine of good colour, but thin.

Second day. In pain; no sleep.

Third day. Copious stools, watery and of a yellowish green; similar stools on the following days, passed without distress.

Fourth day. Scanty, thin urine, with a substance suspended in it which did not settle; delirium at night.

Sixth day. Violent and abundant epistaxis; after a shivering fit followed a hot,copious sweating all over; no fever; a crisis. In the fever and after the crisis menstruation for the first time, for she was a young maiden. Throughout she suffered nausea and shivering; redness of the face; pain in the eyes; heaviness in the head. In this case there was no relapse, but a
definite crisis. The pains on the even days.


*W.H.S Jones (ed), Hippocrates Vol. I, Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 1984.



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