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[646c] got into such a state?

Of course we should.

Well then, do we suppose that persons who go of themselves to dispensaries to drink medicines are not aware that soon afterwards, and for many days to come, they will find themselves in a bodily condition such as would make life intolerable1 if it were to last for ever? And we know, do we not, that men who go to the gymnasia for hard training commence by becoming weaker?

All this we know.

We know also that they go there voluntarily for the sake of the subsequent benefit ?

1 Evidently, drastic purgatives were commonly prescribed.

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