Lexicon:Lenitives — effect on the spleen

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Term: lenitives — effect on the spleen
References: Desolation Island, page 15
Meaning: It was thought that the spleen out of balance led one to violent ill-nature or ill-humor, made one irritable and passionately angry — as in "venting one's spleen" — therefore any soothing was beneficial.

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Maturin's Medicine — This article is based on information from Maturin's Medicine, compiled and edited by Kerry Webb, with the help of a number of contributors.

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