Hippocrates of Cos, Regimen 1

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I. Εἰ μέν μοί τις ἐδοκει τῶν πρότερον συγγραψάντων περὶ διαίτης ἀνθρωπίνης τῆς πρὸς ὑγείην ὀρθῶς ἐγνωκὼς συγγεγραφέναι πάντα διὰ παντός, ὅσα δυνατὸν ἀνθρωπίνῃ γνώμῃ περιληφθῆναι, ἱκανῶς εἶχεν ἄν μοι, ἄλλων ἐκπονησάντων, γνόντα τὰ ὀρθῶς ἔχοντα, τούτοισι χρῆσθαι, καθότι ἕκαστον αὐτῶν ἐδόκει χρήσιμον εἶναι. νῦν δὲ πολλοὶ μὲν ἤδη συνέγραψαν, οὐδεὶς δέ πω ἔγνω ὀρθῶς καθότι ἦν αὐτοῖς συγγραπτέον· ἄλλοι δὲ 10ἄλλο ἐπέτυχον· τὸ δὲ ὅλον οὐδείς πω τῶν πρότερον. μεμφθῆναι μὲν οὖν οὐδενὶ αὐτῶν ἄξιόν ἐστιν εἰ μὴ ἐδυνήθησαν ἐξευρεῖν, ἐπαινέσαι δὲ πάντας ὅτι ἐπεχείρησαν γοῦν1 ζητῆσαι. ἐλέγχειν μὲν οὖν τὰ μὴ ὀρθῶς εἰρημένα οὐ παρεσκεύασμαι· προσομολογεῖν δὲ τοῖς καλῶς2 ἐγνωσμένοις διανενόημαι· ὅσα μὲν γὰρ ὀρθῶς ὑπὸ τῶν πρότερον εἴρηται, οὐχ οἷόν τε ἄλλως πως ἐμὲ συγγράψαντα ὀρθῶς συγγράψαι· ὅσα δὲ μὴ ὀρθῶς εἰρήκασιν, ἐλέγχων μὲν ταῦτα, διότι οὐχ οὕτως ἔχει, οὐδὲν 20περανῶ· ἐξηγεύμενος δὲ καθότι δοκεῖ μοι ὀρθῶς ἔχειν ἕκαστον, δηλώσω ὃ βούλομαι. διὰ τοῦτο

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Regimen

Regimen

Book I

I. If I thought that any one of my predecessors to write on human regimen in its relation to health had throughout written with correct knowledge everything that the human mind can comprehend about the subject, it would have been enough for me to learn what had been correctly worked out by the labours of others, and to make use of these results in so far as they severally appeared to be of use. As a matter of fact, while many have already written on this subject, nobody yet has rightly understood how he ought to treat it. Some indeed have succeeded in one respect and others in another, but nobody among my predecessors has successfully treated the whole subject. Now none of them is blameworthy for being unable to make complete discoveries; but all are praiseworthy for attempting the research. Now I am not prepared to criticise their incorrect statements; nay, I have resolved to accept what they have well thought out. The correct statements of my predecessors it is impossible for me to write correctly by writing them in some other way; as to the incorrect statements, I shall accomplish nothing by exposing their incorrectness. If, however, I explain how far each of their statements appears to me correct I shall set forth my wish. These preliminary remarks are made

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.hippocrates_cos-regimen_i.1931