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to recommend or require what should be done

or more specifically:

of a medical doctor:  to give medical instructions — such as writing that a patient should take antibiotics
  • To careful reasoning of this kind he replies by calling himself Pegasus, and every form of prescribed work 'harness.'
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (66% in)
  • ...its peculiar sanction to the expensive and highly rarefied medical instruction obtained by graduates of Oxford and Cambridge, did not hinder quackery from having an excellent time of it; for since professional practice chiefly consisted in giving a great many drugs, the public inferred that it might be better off with more drugs still, if they could only be got cheaply, and hence swallowed large cubic measures of physic prescribed by unscrupulous ignorance which had taken no degrees.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (23% in)
  • One of these reforms was to act stoutly on the strength of a recent legal decision, and simply prescribe, without dispensing drugs or taking percentage from druggists.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (24% in)
  • You medical gentlemen must consult which sort of black draught you will prescribe, eh, Mr. Lydgate?
    Book 2 — Old and Young (33% in)
  • Lydgate apologized for Mr. Wrench, said that the symptoms yesterday might have been disguising, and that this form of fever was very equivocal in its beginnings: he would go immediately to the druggist's and have a prescription made up in order to lose no time, but he would write to Mr. Wrench and tell him what had been done.
    Book 3 — Waiting for Death (36% in)
  • "I confess," said Lydgate, smiling, "amusement is rather an unsatisfactory prescription.
    Book 3 — Waiting for Death (64% in)
  • The upper window from which the funeral could be well seen was in the room occupied by Mr. Casaubon when he had been forbidden to work; but he had resumed nearly his habitual style of life now in spite of warnings and prescriptions, and after politely welcoming Mrs. Cadwallader had slipped again into the library to chew a cud of erudite mistake about Cush and Mizraim.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (3% in)
  • She wants perfect freedom, I think, more than any other prescription.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (60% in)
  • It is true Lydgate was constantly visiting the homes of the poor and adjusting his prescriptions of diet to their small means; but, dear me! has it not by this time ceased to be remarkable—is it not rather that we expect in men, that they should have numerous strands of experience lying side by side and never compare them with each other?
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (52% in)
  • He may pass on to a worse stage; but I should not wonder if he got better in a few days, by adhering to the treatment I have prescribed.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (66% in)
  • Should Providence in this case award death, there was no sin in contemplating death as the desirable issue—if he kept his hands from hastening it—if he scrupulously did what was prescribed.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (71% in)
  • Even here there might be a mistake: human prescriptions were fallible things: Lydgate had said that treatment had hastened death,—why not his own method of treatment?
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (71% in)
  • Mrs. Abel had not before known anything of Lydgate's prescriptions; she had simply prepared and brought whatever Bulstrode ordered, and had done what he pointed out to her.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (75% in)
  • She might already have given him more than Lydgate had prescribed.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (76% in)
  • Who could know that Lydgate's prescription would not be better disobeyed than followed, since there was still no sleep?
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (77% in)
  • But that would not have been opposed to ordinary prescriptions, even of first-rate men.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (32% in)
  • There was a frequent interchange of visits between her and the Farebrother family, which enabled her to say that she was not at all lonely at the Manor, and to resist for the present the severe prescription of a lady companion.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (53% in)
  • But no one stated exactly what else that was in her power she ought rather to have done—not even Sir James Chettam, who went no further than the negative prescription that she ought not to have married Will Ladislaw.
    Finale (66% in)

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