"[P]harmakon as poison and pharmakon as cure. . ."
--from A Reader's Guide to Plato's Pharmacy by Tim Spurgin
Socrates: I cannot help feeling, Phaedrus, that writing is unfortunately like painting; for the creations of the painter have the attitude of life, and yet if you ask them a question they preserve a solemn silence. And the same may be said of speeches. You would imagine that they had intelligence, but if you want to know anything and put a question to one of them, the speaker always gives one unvarying answer. And when they have been once written down they are tumbled about anywhere among those who may or may not understand them, and know not to whom they should reply, to whom not: and, if they are maltreated or abused, they have no parent to protect them; and they cannot protect or defend themselves.--from The Phaedrus.
"[S]alves and ointments. . .charms and poisons"
--from Medical Meanings by A. Mark Clarfield
Kathy A. Fitch
Assistant Professor of English · Liberal Arts Division · College of DuPage
FitchK@cdnet.cod.edu · Kafkaz@kwom.com