directions for making syrups, &c. 419
2. It is the opinion of modern physicians, that this
way of making medicines was invented only to de¬
ceive the palate, that so by swallowing them whole,
the bitterness of the medicine might not be perceived.
or at least it might not be insufferable; and indeed
most of their pills, though not all, are very bitter.
3. I am of clean contrary opinion to this. I rather
think they were done up in this hard form that so
they might be the longer digesting; and my opinion
is grounded upon reason too, not upon fancy or hear¬
say. The first invention of pills was to purge the
head ; now, as I told you before, such infirmities as
lie near the passages were best removed by decoc¬
tions, because they pass to the grieved parts soonest;
so here, if the infirmity lies in the head or any other
remote part, the best way is to use pills, because they
are longer in digestion, and therefore better able to
call the offending humours to them.
4. If I should tell you here a long tale of medicines
working by sympathy and antipathy, you would not
understand a word of it; they that are set to make
physicians may find it in the treatise. All modern
physicians know not what belongs to a sympathetica 1
cure, no more than a cuckow what belongs to flats
aud sharps in music, but follow the vulgar road, and
call it a hidden quality, because it is hidden from the
eyes of dunces, and indeed none but astrologers can
give a reason far it; and physic without reason is
like a pudding without fat,
5. The way to make pills is very easy, for with the
help of a pestal and mortar, and a little diligence, you
may make any powder into pills, either with syrup
or the jelly I told you hefore.
The way of mixing Medicines according to the cause
ofthe Bisease, and part ofthe body afflicted.
This being indeed the key of the work, I shall be