Of The Crysis in Diseases

Crisis is no other thing then a duel or contention betwixt nature and the infirmity; if nature at time of the Crysis overcome the malignity of the Disease, it's a good Crysis; if the sicknesse prevaile, it's a pernicious and ill Crysis. Or

C R Y S I S is no more then this, viz. A sudden alteration of man's body when he is sick, tending either to health or further sicknesse; for when this Crysis is, there's a sharp fight, as it were, betwixt nature and the Disease, whether of them shall overcome.

Dayes Criticall, Decretory and Chrysmall are all one, and intend no more then a certaine and more sure judgment of the infirmity afflicting, either more powerfully, or in a lesse measure at those times when the true Crysis is.

The true Crysis is best of all taken from the moment of time when first the sicknesse invaded the Infirme; which if it cannot be had, then it may be taken (but not so certainly) from the very hour when first the Water is brought to the Doctor to advise for recovery: but if no Urine come, then when the Doctor first speaks with the sick party, and is demanded by the Infirmed what he thinks of his sicknesse, and what course he would advise for cure thereof.

Every sudden and vehement motion of the Disease may be called a Crysis as Galen saith; or it is, not a locall motion altogether, but an alteration of the Disease.

Or Crysis imports judgment in the Disease afflicting, and which way it will terminate, viz. for good or evil..

Hypocrates will have Crysis to be an acute or swift reportation in Diseases, either to recovery or death: But, say some, in regard there are more Diseases to terminate in health then in death (except pestilentiall Diseases) where the matter and cause is so malignant and poysonous, that nature many times doth not attend a fight or combat with the Disease, whereby it cannot properly be called a Crysis; the definition of the Hypocrates will not well hold, unlesse it be in such Diseases as doe determine in a recovery of the sick party: So some say.

Avicenna, in Canticis, agrees with Galen, and saith, Crysis (est velox motus morbi ad salutem vel ad mortem.. )

There are some that have contended, That although in diseases there is a Crysis, yet is it not caused by influence of the Celestiall bodies, but from inferior causes.

Now if this were granted that Decretory or Criticall-dayes did proceed from inferior causes, then according to divers sicknesses and variety of humours, the severall Criticall—dayes were to be assumed, after a different way in tertians, quartans and continued Feavers: But this, as many learned say, cannot be, therefore it is more generailly received and concluded, that in regard of the great dominion and influence the Moon hath upon inferior Bodies, whereby she doth excite and stir up the humours, that she by her motion doth declare the true Crysis of the disease, and that it is required from the time of the sick parties first falling sick, and her recesse and accesse forward and backward to and from that place or degree of the Zodiack, wherein she was at the exact time of falling sick; or if that time cannot be procured, then as beforesaid, take her true place exactly rectified to the hour of the Patients first asking for advice.. I have hereunto inserted a Table, wherewith if you enter with the place of the Moon in Signe and degree, you shall easily discover when she comes to an Indicative day, when to a Semi— quadrate or halfe Crysis( when to a true Square, when to an Opposition ) which is called a full Crysis, and so for all the Indicative and Criticall dayes during the sicknesse, &c.. As for example; let the place of the Moon in the later Figure of the 16th of July 1645. be supposed the true period of beginning of a Disease, the place of the Moon is 15.42. Virgo; because 42 minutes doe almost make one degree, I enter with 16..degr.. under the Signe of Virgo in the 8th column, so that 16.degr. of Virgo is my Radix, or true place of the Moon; over against 16.degr. to the right hand, I find 8.30 over the head thereof Libra, so that when the Moon comes to 8.degr. and 31.min. of Libra, it was the first Indicative day, wherein the Physician might expect how the Disease then would shew it selfe; upon every Crysis or Indicative day, have consideration with what Planet the Moon is in configuration; if with a benevolent, expect some remisnesse in the Disease; if with a malevolent, a bad indication, &c.

Next on the right hand to 8.30, Libra, you find 1 M, viz. when the Moon came to the first of Scorpio, she was then in Semiquadrate to her first place, and this is, as it were, halfe a Crysis, at what time the Disease might more or lesse manifest it selfe according to that aspect the Moon found at her being in that first degree of Scorpio. In the next column on the right hand, you see 23.30. over it Scorpio, it tels you, when the Moon came to the 23. and 30.min. of Scorpio, it was a second Indicative day, whereby the Physician might further judge of the encrease or decrease of the Disease: In the next column you find 16. over it Sagittarius, when the Moon came to the 16th of Sagittarius there was then a true Crysis, at what time the Disease assuredly might be more fully discerned in one kind or other, and then, according to the aspects the Moon in that degree had to the Planets, good or ill, so might the Patient or Physician expect a better or worse Crysis: and so in the same continued line or column, you run round the Heavens, ever observing the Moon her comming to those places of the Zodiack, wherein she makes the Indicative or Criticall day, and what Planets she is then in aspect with, and whether in the Figure they promise good or ill: Besides this, you shall observe what dayes she transits the cusps of the 6th, 7th and 8th houses, and how then she is aspected of the benevolent or ill Planets.

The Resolution of

The Table Followeth.

B

C

D

D

E

F

G

G

H

I

J

J

K

L

15 30

8

0 30

23

15 30

8

0 30

23

15 30

8

0 30

23

15 30

8

16 30

9

1 30

24

16 30

9

1 30

24

16 30

9

1 30

24

16 30

9

17 30

10

2 30

25

17 30

10

2 30

25

17 30

10

2 30

25

17 30

10

18 30

11

3 30

26

18 30

11

3 30

26

18 30

11

3 30

26

18 30

11

19 30

12

4 30

27

19 30

12

4 30

27

19 30

12

4 30

27

19 30

12

20 30

13

5 30

28

20 30

13

5 30

28

20 30

13

5 30

28

20 30

13

21 30

14

6 30

29

21 30

14

6 30

29

21 30

14

6 30

29

21 30

14

22 30

15

7 30

30

22 30

15

7 30

30

22 30

15

7 30

30

22 30

15

23 30

16

8 30

1 E

23 30

16

8 30

1 H

23 30

16

8 30

1 K

23 30

16

24 30

17

9 30

2

24 30

17

9 30

2

24 30

17

9 30

2

24 30

17

25 30

18

10 30

3

25 30

18

10 30

3

25 30

18

10 30

3

25 30

18

26 30

19

11 30

4

26 30

19

11 30

4

26 30

19

11 30

4

26 30

19

27 30

20

12 30

5

27 30

20

12 30

5

27 30

20

12 30

5

27 30

20

28 30

21

13 30

6

28 30

21

13 30

6

28 30

21

13 30

6

28 30

21

29 30

22

14 30

7

29 30

22

14 30

7

29 30

22

14 30

7

29 30

22

1 C 30

23

15 30

8

1 F 30

23

15 30

8

1 I 30

23

15 30

8

1 L 30

23

2 30

24

16 30

9

2 30

24

16 30

9

2 30

24

16 30

9

2 30

24

3 30

25

17 30

10

3 30

25

17 30

10

3 30

25

17 30

10

3 30

25

4 30

26

18 30

11

4 30

26

18 30

11

4 30

26

18 30

11

4 30

26

5 30

27

19 30

12

5 30

27

19 30

12

5 30

27

19 30

12

5 30

27

6 30

28

20 30

13

6 30

28

20 30

13

6 30

28

20 30

13

6 30

28

7 30

29

21 30

14

7 30

29

21 30

14

7 30

29

21 30

14

7 30

29

8 30

30

22 30

15

8 30

30

22 30

15

8 30

30

22 30

15

8 30

30

9 30

1 D

23 30

16

9 30

1 G

23 30

16

9 30

1 J

23 30

16

9 30

1 A

10 30

2

24 30

17

10 30

2

24 30

17

10 30

2

24 30

17

10 30

2

11 30

3

25 30

18

11 30

3

25 30

18

11 30

3

25 30

18

11 30

3

12 30

4

26 30

19

12 30

4

26 30

19

12 30

4

26 30

19

12 30

4

13 30

5

27 30

20

13 30

5

27 30

20

13 30

5

27 30

20

13 30

5

14 30

6

28 30

21

14 30

6

28 30

21

14 30

6

28 30

21

14 30

6

15 30

7

29 30

22

15 30

7

29 30

22

15 30

7

29 30

22

15 30

7

You must observe, that upon the Criticall day (but especially upon the first Quartill) when Moon meets with the body or aspect of a fortunate Planet, it's very probable (if the party be ordained for life) that nature will be fortified above the disease; and this her good aspect or application is a good indication of health, and that the Physician now imployed shall restore the sick party to former health by most easie Medicines; but if she meet at that time with the unlucky aspect of an Infortune, it gives the Physician little hopes at present; the Crysis is then ill, and the Physician must more warily proceed, &c. formerly men did repute the 7th, 14th and 21st dayes for Criticall dayes; but in regard that the Moon her motion is sometimes more slow, at other times more quick, the precise day cannot be had without compute or calculation of her true motion; which how to doe, I have given sufficient direction in my Introduction.

In giving Medicines, observe the motion of the Moon, for she

Being In:

Ari,Leo,Sag, the Attractive vertue is strengthened in the Plhegmatick.

Tau,Vir,Cap, the Retentive is fortified in Sanguine people.

Gem,Lib,Aqu, the Digestive in the Melanchollick.

Can,Sco,Pis, the Expulsive in the Cholerick.

Moon in Cancer,Scorpio,Pisces, in Sextile or Trine to:

Jupiter Purge Melancholly.

Venus Purge Choller.

Mars Sun Purge Plegme.

The vertue retentive is stirred up from Saturn, by reason of his frigidity.

Vegetative & Digestive Attractive & Irasicible Vital & Natural Potency Appetitive & Concupiscible Cogitative & Imaginative Expulsive

Fiery Signes stir up red choller, viz. Earthly Signes, Black melancholly Ayery Signes, Blood Watry Signs, Spittle & Phlegme by by by by by by

Jupiter

Mars

Venus

Mercury

Moon

Ari,Leo,Sag. Tau,Vir,Cap. Gem,Lib,Aqu. Can,Sco,Pis.

The Resolution of

I once intended a more large Discourse of Sicknesse, but Master Booker having promised to undertake that labour, I forebeare.

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