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[426a] “By all means.” And truly,” said I, “these latter go on in a most charming1 fashion. For with all their doctoring they accomplish nothing except to complicate and augment their maladies. And2 they are always hoping that some one will recommend a panacea that will restore their health.” “A perfect description,” he said, “of the state of such invalids.” “And isn't this a charming trait in them, that they hate most in all the world him who tells them the truth that until a man stops drinking and gorging and wenching

1 Ironical. Quite fanciful is Dümmler's supposition (Kleine Schriften, i, p. 99) that this passage was meant as destructive criticism of Isocrates Panegyricus and that Antidosis 62 is a reply. Plato is obviously thinking of practical politicians rather than of Isocrates.

2 πλήν γε etc., is loosely elliptical, but emendations are superfluous.

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