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V. And yet some patients ask for what is out of the way and doubtful, through prejudice, deserving indeed to be disregarded, but not to be punished. Wherefore you must reasonably oppose them, as they are embarked upon a stormy sea of change.

[p. 319] For, in heaven's name, who that is a brotherly1 physician practises with such hardness of heart as not at the beginning to conduct a preliminary examination of every illness2 and prescribe what will help towards a cure, to heal the patient and not to overlook the reward, to say nothing of the desire that makes a man ready to learn?

1 The word so translated is fairly common in the Corpus in the sense of " related." Here it evidently means " a loyal member of the family of physicians."

2 With Ermerins' reading, " all the illness."

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