First part seems moral and second part seems medical. I don't recall any
reference to it in De Vita, though we did not compile an index of
diseases. I cked the indices to Ps. Albertus Magnus Secreta Secretorum
and the Trotula, and there's nothing on it. It would come under the
humor phlegm, I would think.
Roger Kuin wrote:
> (apologies for X-posting)
> I wonder if anyone can give some help on 16C disease. In a 1575 letter
> to Languet, Philip Sidney writes about Protestant princes' (lack of)
> reaction to current dangers:
>> this is certain: our princes slumber altogether too much in a deep
>> sleep. While they are acting so peacefully, I wish that they would
>> watch out, lest they fall into that sickness which joins Death's
>> image to Death itself.
> The 'sickness' to which he refers could of course simply be the sin of
> Sloth; but I was wondering if in Early Modern Europe there was any
> specific disease we know about that might have been described in this
> way. Encephalitis lethargica seems not to have turned up until the early
> 20C; and African Tryponosomiasis was, I believe, not known in Europe at
> the time.
> Any help much appreciated.
> Roger Kuin