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case of the dropsy

A fictitious "condition" characterized by continually dropping things from one's hands. It is a play on the term "dropsy," which was formerly used to denote the condition now known as edema (or oedema). I've broken four or five plates since I started work. I guess I've got a bad case of the dropsy today.
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I liked Mr Dropsy & the BellBoy and wished that the show could be repeated over and over again.
An Account of the Foxglove and some of its Medical Uses With Practical Remarks on Dropsy and Other Diseases London: GJ and J Robinson
As per history and clinical examination, buffaloes were diagnosed as suffering from dropsy of fetal membranes i.
Bark Nephrotic dropsy of children, asthma, gonorrhoea, pulmonary blennorrhoea, arthritis, respiratory affections, diabetes, bladder affections, chronic pyelonephritis, cough, abdominal disorders, and skin affections.
The final airshow order book could beat records, said Jean-Louis Dropsy of Kurt Salmon consultancy -- even the previous record set in Dubai in 2007 when sales reached $155 billion (115 billion euros).
Valuing people more than Sabbath rules, he healed a crippled woman and a man with dropsy (Luke 13; 14).
Epidemic dropsy is food born disease which is defined as "a disease, usually either infectious or toxic in nature, caused by agents that enter the body through the ingestion of food".
Hippocrates found that leaves from the willow plant could reduce headache and muscle pain, which led to the discovery of aspirin, quinine to treat malaria came from the bark of the cinchona tree, and a tea brewed from the fox glove plant relieved dropsy because it contained digitalis.
There were also performances of a play, Dr Bullein And The Government Of Health, which told the story of how Dr Williem Bullein used herbs to cure Lady Agnes Hilton of dropsy and write the first self-help book in English in 1558.
212) In a dropsy case, police claim that suspects in possession of drugs or guns "drop" the contraband before any Fourth Amendment seizure takes place.
Apart from the value of its water-content, watermelons have medicinal value with a strong diuretic effect, and are useful in cases of dropsy.
Four hundred and fifty years ago Theophrastus Bombastus Paracelsus von Honenheim reported on the use of magnetic iron rodlets which, when adequately placed, 'Heal fractures and ruptures, pull hepatitis out and draw back dropsy, also healing fistulae, cancer, and blood flows of women'.
He died in 1688 after being diagnosed with dropsy, but now in his 50s, he had spent a lot of time in London while tuberculosis was rampant.
SCROFULE SALT RHEUM PALSY NEURALGIA DARTING PAINS Dear --, put a hex on me at the end, in the way only the dropsy, the vertiginous, the beat blood spume of please can cast out the water of such a spell: You'll never love again.
So, too, at a time of public conversation around the fact that new drugs are being withheld from Britain's National Health Service due to cost concerns, it is cheering to watch Isobel Crawley (Penelope Wilton), mother to the heir Matthew, insist that the life of a farmhand suffering dropsy is worth saving, no matter how expensive the newfangled cure.