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Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales: General Prologue 16, The Doctor Of Physic - (Forrest Hainline's Minimalist Translation)

Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales: General Prologue 16, The Doctor Of Physic - (Forrest Hainline's Minimalist Translation)

411 With us there was A Doctor of Physic;
412 In all this world there was no one like him,
413 To speak of physic and of surgery,
414 For he was grounded in astronomy.
415 He kept his patient a full great deal
416 In hours, by his magic natural.
417 Well could he fortune the ascendant
418 Of his images for his patient.
419 He knew the cause of every malady,
420 Were it of hot, or cold, or moist, or dry,
421 And where they engendered, and of what humor.
422 He was a very, perfect practitioner:
423 The cause known, and of his harm the root,
424 Anon he gave the sick man his boot.
425 Full ready had he his apothecaries
426 To send him drugs and electuaries,
427 For each of them made other for to win -
428 Their friendship was not new to begin.
429 Well knew he the old Aesculapius,
430 And Dioscorides and too Rufus,
431 Old Hippocrates, Hali, and Galen,
432 Serapion, Rhazes, and Avicen,
433 Averroes, Damascene, and Constantine,
434 Bernard, and Gatisden, and Gilbertus.
435 Of his diet measurable was he,
436 For it was of no superfluity,
437 But of great nourishing and digestable.
438 His study was but little on the Bible.
439 In sanguine and in perse he clad was all,
440 Lined with taffeta and with sendal.
441 And yet he was but easy of dispense;
442 He kept that he won in pestilence.
443 For gold in physic is a cordial,
444 Therefore he loved gold in special.

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he was the best a doctor could be back in the time of Chaucer, Geoffrey.