The first part of the oath is taken up by an adjuration to Apollo, Esculapius, Hygeia, Panacea, and all the deities, faithfully to fulfil all its requirements, to the best of his knowledge and power. The lights of science then, compared with ours, were dim and obscure; and imperfect as they were, we have the greater cause for admiration that he wrote so well. The solids he divides into similar and organic. The physician should carefully avoid all affectation, such as the use of perfumes and similar superfluities. It has been, I believe, translated by M. It is essential to him in his pursuits; but it is important that he should know its boundaries, and its true intent.
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