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Hydromeli,1 also, was a mixture formerly made with pure rain-water and honey, and was prescribed for patients who, were anxious for wine, as being a more harmless drink. For these many years past, however, it has been condemned, as having in reality all the inconveniences of wine, without the advantages.

1 See B. xiv. c. 20, and B. xxii. c. 51. He is speaking, probably. of fermented hydromel, a sort of mead.

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