But the free practitioner, who for the most part attends freemen, treats their diseases by carrying his enquiries far back and goes into the nature of the disorder; taking the patient and his family into his confidence. So he is at once getting information from the sick man, instructing him as far as he is able, and not prescribing for him until he has won his support first and has persuaded him into compliance.
Now which is the better way of proceeding in a physician . . . ?
From Plato, Laws, 360 BCE