Medicine: For Thy Stomach's Sake

To winebibbing Frenchmen it was heresy, or worse, when eminent physicians suggested that the French are getting too much of a good thing (TIME, June 16). So members of the government's High Committee for Study and Information on Alcoholism, chosen in 1954 "for their independence, their authority, and their knowledge of the problem,'' knew just what was expected of them. Last week the gist of the committee's 223-page report leaked to the press. To nobody's surprise, it was heartily in favor of wine.

Bordeaux University's Professor Jean Ribérau-Gayon contributed such items as: "The richness of the grape in vitamins of group...

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