produced it by means of breath, warmth and coction
of humours, in every way, by complete regimen and
by everything combined, unless there be some congenital
or early deficiency. Should there be such a
thing in a patient who is wasting, try to assimilate
to the fundamental nature.
For the wasting, even
of long standing, is unnatural.
I. e. try to bring the patient
back to his normal condition.|
X. You must also avoid adopting, in order to gain a
luxurious headgear and elaborate perfume.
For excess of strangeness will win you ill-repute, but
a little will be considered in good taste, just as pain
in one part is a trifle, while in every part it is serious.
Yet I do not forbid your trying to please, for it is
not unworthy of a physician's dignity.
|Apparently, in order to increase your practice by
fastidiousness in the matter of dress. But the expression
is very strange, and should mean, " in order to effect a cure."|
XI. Bear in mind the employment of instruments
and the pointing out of significant symptoms, and
XII. And if for the sake of a crowded audience
you do wish to hold a lecture, your ambition is no
laudable one, and at least avoid all citations from
the poets, for to quote them argues feeble industry.
For I forbid in medical practice an industry not
pertinent to the art, and laboriously far-fetched,
and which therefore has in itself alone an attractive
grace. For you will achieve the empty toil of a
drone and a drone's spoils.