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Κεφ. α. προοίμιον.

ἐν τῇσι χρονίῃσι νούσοισι ἀμβολὴ τῆς ἰητρείης κακόν. ὑπ᾽ ἀμβλακίης γὰρ ὀκέλλει ἐς ἀνήκεστα πάθεα. φύσι γὰρ ὡδὶ ἴσχει, ὡς μὴ Ρ῾ηϊδίως ἀποφοιτῆσαι, ἢν ἐσβάλλῃ ἅπαξ.1 ἢν δὲ καὶ ἐκδηθύνῃ, χρόνῳ καρτερὰ ἔσται καὶ ξυναποθνήσκειν γίγνεταί κοτε: καὶ τὰ σμικρὰ μεζόνων ποιέεται διαδέξιας: κἢν τὸ πρόσθεν ἐς κίνδυνον ἀσινὲς , τόκος τῶνδε γίγνεται ὀλέθριος. χρὴ ὦν μήτε τὸν νοσέοντα σιγῆν αἰδοῖ τοῦ ἐλέγχου τῆς νούσου, μηδὲ ὑποδιδρήσκειν δέει τῆς ἰητρείης, μήτε τὸν ἰητρὸν καταμβλακεύειν. ἄμφω γὰρ ἐς τὸ ἀνήκεστον ξυνᾴδοι.2 μετεξέτεροι δὲ τῶν καμνόντων, ὑπ᾽ ἀγνωσίης τε τῶν παρεόντων καὶ τῶν αὖθις ἐσομένων ἐς τέλος ξυνδιαιτέονται τῇ νούσῳ. ἐπὶ γὰρ τοῖσι πλείστοισι οὔτε ὄλλυνται, οὔτε ὀρρωδέουσι θάνατον. διὰ τάδε ὦν ἰητρῷ σφεας αὐτοὺς οὐδ᾽ ἐπιτρέπουσι. πίστις δὲ τουτέων κεφαλαίη, ἧς ἄμφι πρότερον φράσω.

1 the common reading, φυσίωσις, having no suitable meaning, Ermerins did right in altering this clause, agreeably to the suggestion of Wigan.

2 either ἂν or something else seems to be wanting in this sentence.

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