But when Petrarch concedes that medicine is more necessary than poetry, he accompanies this concession with strenuous disattributions
of capacity to intervene.(15) He dismisses the doctors as "spectators" (III, 5, 98); like the dialecticians, they are rich in tedium, poor in remedies (V, 3, 167).(16) Here, of course, Petrarch can draw on Christian as well as classical sources for this disattribution
; he will ascribe cure or health to Providence, not the physician (XV, 14, 594-5; XVI, 3, 613-4).