Hippocrates Aphorism

βίος βραχὺς, δὲ τέχνη μακρὴ, δὲ καιρὸς ὀξὺς, δὲ πεῖρα σφαλερὴ, δὲ κρίσις χαλεπή. Δεῖ δὲ οὐ μόνον ἑωυτὸν παρέχειν τὰ δέοντα ποιεῦντα, ἀλλὰ καὶ τὸν νοσέοντα, καὶ τοὺς παρεόντας, καὶ τὰ ἔξωθεν

“Life is short, and Art long; opportunity fleeting; experience perilous, and judgment 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”

Orphic hymn to Asclepius (Fumigation from Manna)

Ἰητὴρ πάντων, Ἀσκληπιέ, δέσποτα Παιάν, θέλγων ἀνθρώπων πολυαλγέα πήματα νούσων,
ἠπιόδωρε, κραταιέ, μόλοις κατάγων ὑγίειαν καὶ παύων νούσους, χαλεπὰς κῆρας θανάτοιο,
αὐξιθαλής, ἐπίκουρ’, ἀπαλεξίκακ’, ὀλβιόμοιρε, Φοίβου Ἀπόλλωνος κρατερὸν θάλος ἀγλαότιμον, ἐχθρὲ νόσων, Ὑγίειαν ἔχων σύλλεκτρον ἀμεμφῆ, ἐλθέ, μάκαρ, σωτήρ, βιοτῆς τέλος ἐσθλὸν ὀπάζων

“Great Asklepius, skilled to heal mankind, all-ruling Paean, and physician kind; whose arts medicinal can alone assuage diseases dire, and stop their dreadful rage. Strong, lenient God, regard my suppliant prayer, bring gentle health, adorned with lovely hair; convey the means of mitigating pain, and raging deadly pestilence restrain. O power all-flourishing, abundant, bright, Apollo’s honored offspring, God of light; husband of blameless Hygeia (Health), the constant foe of dread disease, the minister of woe: come, blessed savior, human health defend, and to the mortal life afford a prosperous end”

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