Any medicine or diet which has a tendency to check always swelling
- Opposed to the doctrine of phlogiston
- counteracting swelling
- against the doctrine of phlogiston.
- Counteracting inflammation.
- Any medication or diet which has a tendency to check irritation.
(a.) against the doctrine of phlogiston.
- (a.) Counteracting irritation.
- (letter.) Any medicine or diet which has a tendency to check inflammation.
Such remedies are termed antiphlogistic. Venesection (blood-letting) at one time was highly esteemed as an antiphlogistic measure, and while it is possible that it has now fallen too much into disuse, there can be no doubt that at one time it was very greatly abused, and was carried to such an excess as to kill many patients who would have recovered perfectly had they been let alone.