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Bacchic Medicine: Wine and Alcohol Therapies from Napoleon to the French Paradox

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 24 August 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:446
  1. Alex Paton, retired consultant physician
  1. Oxfordshire

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    Harry W Paul

    Editions Rodopi BV, €30/$28/£28.70, pp 341

    ISSN 0045-7183

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    ISBN 90 420 1111 4

    Wine, said Louis Pasteur, is the most healthful and the most hygienic of all beverages. Since antiquity, wine was believed to stimulate the appetite, aid digestion, and act as a general energiser in debility, and was prescribed for practically every complaint. In Bacchic MedicineHarry W Paul, professor of history at the university of Florida, charts in scholarly, though somewhat confusing and repetitive detail, the rise and fall of the French love affair with vinothérapie.

    This affair began in …

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