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Pithoys had recourse to a wide range of authorities whom he quotes in the body of the two texts. His system of reference is cryptic, relying in the main on the surname of the author and a single word title. , or lib. When quoting the civil law, he uses the abbreviations found in most commentators on Justinian. Virtually XL INTRODUCTION all his references have been traced to editions that he was likely to have used, but for the ease of the modern reader references to the civil law have been made to the Corpus Iuris Civilis, Berlin, 1954.

Et ce faisant, 7. Donner ordre que personne des assistans (soubs couleur de plus grande compassion & [20] piete que les autres) s'auance de lamenter Ie mal ou bien d'admirer ce qu'il veoit, ou bien d'interpreter ce qui se passe a l'auentage de la personne, & soustenir la possession en la presence d'icelle. Au contraire est expedient nonobstant qu'on opine aucunement y auoir possession, ne la pas aduoiier si tost, principalement a la personne; ains continuer a luy faire la remonstrance susdite, iusques a tant qu'on soit asseure de la verite, autant que faire se peut.

104-105. INTRODUCTION XXXIII proposition, and the fallibility of Aristotle. Although it will be seen that Pithoys himself held certain outmoded ideas, his insistence on experiment manifests itself in the ways he suggests for tricking those who feign possession; later, in his work on astrology he relies on the evidence of experiment rather than on traditionally accepted belief. His criticism of Aristotle is confined to one point, namely that the influence of heavenly bodies is not merely that of the light coming from them.

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