The A of M, 148: The four humours, pituita

AofM 148 phlegm2

Pituita, or phlegm, is a cold and moist humour, begotten of the colder part of the chylus (or white juice coming out of meat digested in the stomach), in the liver; his office is to nourish and moisten the members of the body which, as the tongue, are moved, that they be not over-dry.

So I could say that each page in this section is so packed with visual imagery and important concepts that I just have to slow to a snail’s pace and do like five drawings per page. Or, I could say that I have recently become super extra busy, and so I only just barely have time to read. Both true, really.


This post is part of a long, tedious, and very illustrated read-along of Robert Burton’s The Anatomy of Melancholy – more info here and follow along on Facebook here. Illustrations posted via devon_isadevon on Instagram. Please follow me on Instagram. I’m lonely.

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