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XV. In all the cases described spring was the worst enemy, and caused the most deaths ; summer was the most favourable season, in which fewest died. In autumn and during the season of the Pleiades, on the other hand, there were again deaths, usually on the fourth day. And it seems to me natural that the coming on of summer should have been helpful. For the coming on of winter resolves the diseases of summer, and the coming on of summer removes those of winter. And yet in

[p. 257] itself the summer in question was not healthful ;1 in fact it was suddenly hot, southerly, and calm. But nevertheless the change from the other constitution proved beneficial.

1 "Of a good constitution."

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