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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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Citing a former Church President, Dropsy (1993:51) suggests that 95% of sermons are taken from the Hebrew Bible, and argues that 'indigenous Fijians in their Methodist ethics identify themselves closely with the Jews of Israel', because 'their Christian principles are derived from the Old Testament', (3) Readings from the Old Testament accounted for at least two-thirds of texts used in services I attended in Nabobuco, where there is extensive use of personal names taken from the Fijian translation of the Bible, and more limited use of place names in ancient Israel to refer to individual households and their occupants.
"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
(2) Its leaves are useful in treating edema and dropsy, its roots are used as cathartics, it is also useful in treating helmintic infestation (3,4) Hence we took up this study to know if it has anti-inflammatory activity in chronic models of inflammation.
[1] In 1705, Thomas Sydenham, an English physician, linked dropsy to difficulty in breathing, [2] marking the beginnings of the concept of heart failure (HF) for which digitalis, described by Withering in 1801, was the first natural remedy to be used.
In the book "New York Yankees--The Greatest of Them All," it states pitcher Urban Shocker had heart failure and in another it says he had chronic kidney disease, known as "dropsy" in the old days.
Seeing the 18-year-old with a brilliant name and bright future got our man Anthony Woolford trawling through the archives to nd the best, from Bongo Christ to Johnny Moustache, Australian goalkeeper Norman Conquest to aptly-named Belgian midelder Mark De Man plus Zimbabwean Danger Fourpence and French team goalkeeper Dominique Dropsy, who was in their 1978 World Cup squad.
This may be a consequence of twin pregnancy, edema, ascites, hernia, hypoproteinemia and dropsy of fetal membranes (Govaere et al., 2012).
The only good thing about Mustard's bout of dropsy in this match is his team-mates have been wonderfully alert to the rebounds.
Fruit Used as antiseptic, stimulant, [7,14] disinfectant, styptic, chronic Bright's disease, migraine, dropsy, rheumatic and painful swellings, piles, and infantile tuberculosis.
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.