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[165c] before I tell you whether I agree or not. Now, give me a moment to consider.

Consider then, he said.

Yes, and I am considering, I said. For if temperance is knowing anything, obviously it must be a kind of science, and a science of something, must it not?

It is, he replied, and of itself.

And medicine, I said, is a science of health?


Then if you should ask me, I said, wherein medicine, as a science of health, is useful to us, and what it produces,

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