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.
For, in heaven's name, who that is a brotherly1
practises with such hardness of heart as not at
the beginning to conduct a preliminary examination
of every illness2
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?