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Wine: A Scientific Exploration

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7388.555/a (Published 08 March 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:555
  1. Fred Kavalier, primary care geneticist (kavalier@btinternet.com)
  1. Guy's Hospital, London

    Eds Merton Sandler, Roger Pinder

    Taylor and Francis, £65, pp 336


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    ISBN 0 415 24734 9

    There's something about the fermented juice of grapes that attracts doctors. Hippocrates recommended wine as a treatment for almost all illnesses, although he drew the line at giving it to patients with meningitis. Christopher Rawson Penfold, the founder of one of Australia's leading wineries, was a young English doctor who emigrated to Australia in 1844 and soon realised that there was more to life than setting broken bones in the …

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