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This witty little volume, first published in French in 1936, extols the many joys and benefits of wine. Wine drinkers will take pleasure in Gaston Derys's quaint appreciation of the grape, and art lovers will admire Raoul Dufy's joyful watercolors. Reflecting the exuberance and élan of an earlier day, Derys takes us back to a time when the doctor's favored prescription was an amiable glass of wine. In Derys's ode to wine, here translated into English, we discover that the medicinal and therapeutic uses of wine are many: it assists in fighting typhoid, infant sicknesses, and diabetes; it exerts a positive effect on one's character, beauty, and creativity; and it lends a fortifying power to athletes and soldiers. Supported by the comments of French doctors as well as Dufy's beautifully reproduced paintings, Derys's argument to raise a glass of wine becomes pleasantly irrefutable."In the 1930s a group of leading French doctors set out to convince the rest of the world that wine was the best medicine you could have, and Benjamin Ivry's delightful translation of Mon Docteur le Vin is just what the doctor ordered. Paul Lukacs's introduction provides an essential historical context that reveals as much about the country as it does about wine itself."-Donald and Petie Kladstrup, authors of Wine and War: The French, the Nazis, and the Battle for France's Greatest Treasure
Author Biography: Gaston Derys, also known as Gaston Columb, was a prolific French writer in the 1920s and 1930s. He was an associate director of the Paris Museum of Design. The French painter and designer Raoul Dufy (1877-1953) was born in Le Havre and trained at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. Often associated with Fauvism, he is known for his vivacious use of color in compositions that seem intended solely to please and entertain. Paul Lukacs is a wine columnist for the Washington Times and Washingtonian magazine. He is author of American Vintage: The Rise of American Wine and chairman of the English Department at Loyola College. Benjamin Ivry is a New York-based writer on the arts, a broadcaster and lecturer, and the translator of Albert Camus: A Life. He was cultural correspondent in Paris for such periodicals as Newsweek and The Economist for nine years.
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About the Author
Paul Lukacs is a wine columnist for the Washington Times and Washingtonian magazine. Benjamin Ivry is the author of biographies of Ravel, Poulenc, and Rimbaud, and translator of books by André Gide and Jules Verne, and a biography of Albert Camus.
Table of Contents
|1||Wine as Food|
|2||Vitamins and the Radioactivity of Wine|
|3||Wine and Childhood Ailments|
|4||Wine as a Treatment for Typhoid Fever|
|5||Wine for Healthy Kidneys|
|6||Wine as a Treatment for Depression and Anemia|
|7||Wine as a Treatment for Appendicitis|
|8||Wine as a Treatment for Diabetes|
|9||Wine as a Remedy for Convalescents|
|10||How Wine Affects the Disposition|
|11||How Wine Affects the Morale|
|12||Downfall of a Lady Teetotaler|
|13||Wine as a Treatment for Obesity|
|14||Wine Maintains Youth and Beauty|
|15||Wine is Essential for Writers|
|16||Wine is Necessary for Artists|
|17||Wine is Essential for Athletes|
|18||Wine Makes a Fine Figure of a Man|
|19||Long Life Thanks to Wine|
|Luncheon in Paris with Raoul Dufy||41|