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“A carpenter,” said I, “when he is sick expects his physician to give him a drug which will operate as an emetic on the disease, or to get rid of it by purging1 or the use of cautery or the knife. But if anyone prescribes for him a long course of treatment with swathings2 about the head and their accompaniments, he hastily says that he has no leisure to be sick and that such a life of preoccupation with his illess and neglect of the work that lies before him isn't worth living. And thereupon he bids farewell to that kind of physician,

1 For κάτω cf. Chaucer, “Ne upward purgative ne downward laxative.”

2 Cf. Blaydes on Aristophanes Acharnians 439.

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