said I, “that we do not
think it proper to say of the body either that it is destroyed by the
badness of foods themselves, whether it be staleness or rottenness or
whatever it is;1 but when
the badness of the foods themselves engenders in the body the defect of
body, then we shall say that it is destroyed owing to these foods, but
by2 its own vice, which
1 Plato generally disregards
minor distinctions when they do not affect his point.
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