scrofula


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scrofula

Pathol tuberculosis of the lymphatic glands

scrofula

[′skräf·yə·lə]
(medicine)
Tuberculosis of cervical lymph nodes.
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Anatomizing Johnson's repulsive physical defects, Boswell noted that the scars from the abscesses of his infantile scrofula (tuberculosis of the cervical lymph nodes) were "deeply visible" and that he "often had, seemingly, convulsive starts and odd gesticulations, which tended to excite at once surprize and ridicule.
As Shearing, a virulent critic of Marat, explains: "It was commonly believed that he had leprosy; his whole body was covered by a foul eruption, a scrofula (purigo de Hebra) or eczema.
The old brute glanced up from what I presumed was the roadkill she was stirring in a blackened, smoke-wreathed cooking pot of the sort much favoured by cannibals for the preparation of Missionary Bourguignon, an expression of hideous cunning contorting her already repulsive features as Scrofula, her mange-ridden cat scuttled in malevolent terror towards the darker recesses of their evil-smelling abode.
The condition is called scrofula, an infection of the lymph nodes in the neck, which produces sores on the neck and face.
The word "wort" at the end of the common name means that, in the past, it was used as a medicinal herb and, being a member of the Scrophulariaceae, which includes foxgloves, was used to treat skin complaints, like scrofula or the king's evil.
Some, such as the Methodist Episcopal minister Thomas Doty, identified among the temptations confronting those who profess holiness those of gluttony, use of stimulants, and eating "swine's-flesh, the mother of scrofula.
We painted it green, then pink, then black, then sand-papered it down and called it Scrofula.
The tuberculous rash, called by the old name scrofula, has an even older name: lepra alphos, white leprosy.
05; 5 Sri Lanka; 6 A helicopter; 7 Scrofula or 'King's Evil'; 8 Northumberland; 9 Moonlighting; 10 Portsmouth.
DIAGNOSIS: Infectious cervical lymphadenitis, or scrofula, likely caused by M.
It has been reported to treat dermato-logical disorders like leprosy, scrofula and eruptive skin diseases in folkloric system of medicine (Nadkarni, 1976).