51.So that this disease (to pass over many strange particulars of the accidents that some had differently from others) was in general such as I have shown, and for other usual sicknesses at that time no man was troubled with any.Now they died some for want of attendance and some again with all the care and physic that could be used.
Nor was there any to say certain medicine that applied must have helped them;for if it did good to one, it did harm to another.
Nor any difference of body, for strength or weakness, that was able to resist it;but it carried all away, what physic soever was administered.
But the greatest misery of all was the dejection of mind in such as found themselves beginning to be sick (for they grew presently desperate and gave themselves over without making any resistance), as also their dying thus like sheep, infected by mutual visitation, for the greatest mortality proceeded that way.For if men forebore to visit them for fear, then they died forlorn;
whereby many families became empty for want of such as should take care of them.If they forbore not, then they died themselves, and principally the honestest men.For out of shame they would not spare themselves but went in unto their friends, especially after it was come to this pass that even their domestics, wearied with the lamentations of them that died and overcome with the greatness of the calamity, were no longer moved therewith.
But those that were recovered had much compassion both on them that died and on them that lay sick, as having both known the misery themselves and now no more subject to the danger.For this disease never took any man the second time so as to be mortal.And these men were both by others counted happy, and they also themselves, through excess of present joy, conceived a kind of light hope never to die of any other sickness hereafter.
The English works of Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury. Thucydides. Thomas Hobbes. translator. London. Bohn. 1843.
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