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[459c] “Well, it does,” he said, “but what of it?” “This,” said I, “that they will have to employ many of those drugs1 of which we were speaking. We thought that an inferior physician sufficed for bodies that do not need drugs but yield to diet and regimen. But when it is necessary to prescribe drugs we know that a more enterprising and venturesome physician is required.” “True; but what is the pertinency?” “This,” said I: “it seems likely that our rulers will have to make considerable use of falsehood and deception
1 A recurrence to the metaphor of 389 B, as we are reminded below in D.
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