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Elæomeli, which, as we have already1 stated, exudes from the olive-trees of Syria, has a flavour like that of honey, but not without a certain nauseous taste. It relaxes the bowels, and carries off the bilious secretions more particularly, if taken in doses of two cyathi, in a semisextarius of water. After drinking it, the patient falls into a torpor, and requires to be aroused every now and then. Persons, when about to drink for a wager, are in the habit of taking2 a cyathus of it, by way of prelude. Oil of pitch3 is employed for the cure of cough, and of itch in cattle.

1 In B. xv. c. 7.

2 Probably because its oleaginous properties would tend to prevent im- hibition and absorption, while its narcotic qualities would in some degree neutralize the strength of the wine. Almonds have a somewhat similar effect.

3 "Pissinum." See B. xv. c. 7.

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