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After the fit is come on, the same experiment will also serve to remove it in a very short time: for if any bye-stander will take the piece of metal before described, and put it between the patient's teeth, and thereby force them open till his jaws are at the utmost stretch, the fit will immediately go off, and the patient very soon recover.
The certainty of this experiment, the person from whom this account is taken says, may be depended on. The manner (says he) in which I came to the knowledge of it was from the information of a gentleman of undoubted veracity; and as what he then told me may serve to shew with what success the ment had been made by others, I shall briefly relate it.
He told me, “ That when he was at Amsterdam some years ago, he happened one evening to be in company with several gentlemen, when one of the company happened to be seized with a fit of the Epilepsy; the other gentlemen present could not help being concerned at the accident; but an old officer of the army, who also made one of the company, without any concern, defired them to make themselves easy, for he should shortly cure him; and then taking a piece of metal out of his pocket, he went to the person then lying in the Epilepsy, and putting the piece of metal between his teeth, he forced them open with it, whereupon the person forthwith recovered. After they were again set down, they began to enquire of the officer, how he could so quickly recover the gentleman from the Epilepsy He told them, that he was, often obliged to go out at the head of a party, when the ene