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[6] This proposal the king accepted gladly, for he had heard that Dareius had already left Babylon with his army. The physician gave him a drug to drink and, aided by the natural strength of the sufferer as well as by Fortune, promptly relieved Alexander of the trouble. Making an astonishing recovery, the king honoured the physician with magnificent gifts and assigned him to the most loyal category of Friends.1

1 Other writers add that Alexander was warned against the physician by Parmenion, but that Alexander showed the letter to Philip only as he drank the medicine (Curtius 3.5-6; Justin 11.8.3-9; Plut. Alexander 19; Arrian. 2.4.7-11; P. Oxyrhynchus 1798, Frag. 44, col. 1).

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