Life is short, and Art long; the crisis fleeting; experience perilous,
and decision difficult. The physician must not only be prepared to
do what is right himself, but also to make the patient, the attendants,
and externals cooperate.
In disorders of the bowels and vomitings, occurring spontaneously,
if the matters purged be such as ought to be purged, they do good,
and are well borne; but if not, the contrary. And so artificial evacuations,
if they consist of such matters as should be evacuated, do good, and
are well borne; but if not, the contrary. One, then, ought to look
to the country, the season, the age, and the diseases in which they
are proper or not.
In the athletae, embonpoint, if carried to its utmost limit, is
dangerous, for they cannot remain in the same state nor be stationary;
and since, then, they can neither remain stationary nor improve, it
only remains for them to get worse; for these reasons the embonpoint
should be reduced without delay, that the body may again have a commencement
of reparation. Neither should the evacuations, in their case, be carried
to an extreme, for this also is dangerous, but only to such a point
as the person's constitution can endure. In like manner, medicinal
evacuations, if carried to an extreme, are dangerous; and again, a
restorative course, if in the extreme, is dangerous.
A slender restricted diet is always dangerous in chronic diseases,
and also in acute diseases, where it is not requisite. And again,
a diet brought to the extreme point of attenuation is