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October 5, 1895

Charaka-Samhita. Translated into English

JAMA. 1895;XXV(14):593. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430400037016

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The thirteenth fasciculus of this interesting work has reached us, and on examination we find it completes the twelve groups of food and drinks. Lesson XXVIII sets forth very quaintly the difference between men that are wise and those that are ignorant and foolish. Lesson xxix gives some curious observations on quacks: " Bad physicians or killers of life and helpers of disease." The good physician is thus described by the illustrious Son of Atri: " Those that are well born, of clear understanding, possessed of experience, skillful, of pure behavior, possessed of mastery over their hands, with souls under thorough control, equipt with every necessary object, with every sense in order, capable of reading the disposition of others, furnished with knowledge of results (processes, operations, drugs, etc.) are said to be saviors of life and destroyers of diseases."

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