Hippocrates of Cos, Prorrhetic 2

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ΙΧ 6 Littré1. Τῶν ἰητρῶν προρρήσιες ἀπαγγέλλονται συχναί τε καὶ καλαὶ καὶ θαυμασταί, οἵας ἐγὼ μὲν οὔτ᾿ αὐτὸς προεῖπον οὔτ᾿ ἄλλου του ἤκουσα προλέγοντος. εἰσι δ᾿ αὐτῶν αἱ μὲν τοιαίδε· ἄνθρωπον δοκέειν ὀλέθριον εἶναι καὶ τῷ ἰητρῷ τῷ μελεδαίνοντι αὐτοῦ καὶ τοῖσιν ἄλλοισιν, ἐπεισιόντα δὲ ἰητρὸν ἕτερον εἰπεῖν ὅτι ὁ μὲν ἄνθρωπος οὐκ ἀπολεῖται, ὀφθαλμῶν δὲ τυφλὸς ἔσται· καὶ παρ᾿ ἕτερον δοκέοντα παγκάκως ἔχειν εἰσελθόντα προειπεῖν τὸν μὲν ἄνθρωπον ἀναστήσεσθαι, χεῖρα δὲ χωλὴν ἕξειν καὶ ἄλλῳ τῳ δοκέοντι οὐ περιέσεσθαι εἰπεῖν αὐτὸν μὲν ὑγιέα ἔσεσθαι, τῶν δὲ ποδῶν τοὺς δακτύλους μελανθέντας ἀποσαπήσεσθαι· καὶ τἄλλα τοιουτότροπα προρρήματα λέγεται ἐν τοιούτῳ τῷ εἴδει. ἕτερος δὲ τρόπος προρρήσιος, ὠνεομένοισί τε καὶ διαπρησσομένοισι προειπεῖν τοῖσι μὲν θανάτους, τοῖσι δὲ μανίας, τοῖσι δὲ ἄλλας νόσους, ἐπὶ πᾶσι τούτοισί τε καὶ τοῖσι προτέροισι χρόνοισι προφητίζειν καὶ πάντα ἀληθεύειν. ἄλλο δὲ σχῆμα προρρήσεων τόδε1 λέγεται· τοὺς ἀθλητὰς γινώσκειν καὶ τοὺς τῶν νούσων εἵνεκα γυμναζομένους τε καὶ ταλαιπωρέοντας, ἤν τι ἢ τοῦ σιτίου ἀπολίπωσιν, ἢ ἑτεροῖόν τι

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Prorrhetic II

Prorrhetic II

1. There are reports of physicians making frequent, true and marvellous predictions, predictions such as I have never made myself, nor ever personally heard anyone else make. Here are some examples. A person seems to be mortally ill both to the physician attending him and to others who see him, but a different physician comes in and says that the patient will not die, but go blind in both eyes. In another case where the person looked in a very poor state, the physician that came in foretold that he would recover, but be disabled in one arm; to another person who was apparently not going to survive, one said that he would recover, but that his toes would become black and gangrenous. Other predictions of this kind are reported in the same form. A different type of predicting is to foretell in merchants and adventurers death to some, madness to others, and other diseases to others; and in making revelations concerning present and past times to be correct in every detail. Another form of prediction is recounted as follows: to discover in athletes and in people that are carrying out exercises and exertions prescribed because of illnesses whether they have failed to eat some of their meal, or have

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.hippocrates_cos-prorrhetic_ii.1995