Medicine: A Quart a Day

At Bordeaux University, 70 prominent French doctors gathered last week to discuss the effects of wine on the human body. Inevitably, the conclusions were favorable to wine. The experts, calling themselves the "Doctor Friends of French Wines," banded together in the early 1930s to blow away a whiff of prohibition sentiment which wafted over France.

Chosen to keynote last week's meeting was a fashionable Paris doctor, ruddy-cheeked Raymond J. Weissenbach. He took the scientific approach:

"Wine," said he, "contains and carries to the human organism ... a complex of mineral materials (calcium salts, potassium, iron, sodium and many more), of organic materials (alcohols,...

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