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μανθάνοντας: circumstantial participle of manner with ἐπιμελεῖσθαι τοὺς συνόντας. ἐνδέχοιτο: was possible. ἑαυτῷ ἕκαστον προσέχοντα: each individual by observing his own case.—τί βρῶμα κτλ.: objs. of μανθάνοντα understood.—τοῦ γὰρ οὕτω κτλ.: for he said that it would be a difficult matter to find a physician who could tell better than a man that had thus attended to himself what was conducive to his health. τοῦ προσέχοντος is gen. of comparison with μᾶλλον, and is placed at the beginning as involving the main question. For the thought, cf. Tiberius solitus erat eludere medicorum artes, atque eos qui post tricesimum aetatis annum ad internoscenda corpori suo utilia vel noxia alieni consilii indigerent (availed themselves of) Tacitus Ann. vi. 46.
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