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Cornelius Blatchley outlines the dangers of 'sinful' dietary overindulgence. The intemperate could expect to be "afflicted with the gout, racked with the stone, cramped with the colic, drowned with the dropsy, suffocated by asthma and hydrothorax, nauseated with gluttony, vomited with drunkenness, burnt, like Aetna, with lusts or fever, shaken like Sinai with hypochondriac and hysteric terrors and perturbations, or stretched as on a rack with tetanus."

Blatchly, C. (1818) An essay on fasting, and on abstinence. New York. P.16