Wine Books: Dr E A Maury
Dr E A Maury was a French physician with some novel cures for his patients. I think a lot of his treatments sound very appealing!
Dr Maury was a general practitioner, acupuncture specialist and homeopathist who, the blurb tells us, graduated from the Faculté de Medicine de Paris. This text, written in 1974 and first translated from French to English two years later, takes us on a journey of Dr Maury's personal practice concerning the use of wine as medicine, as the title suggests. The first few chapters give us a run-down of the different wine regions of France, together with the mineral and other components of wine that Dr Maury feels (he does not deign to cite the medical literature at any point) have a specific effect. The main body of the book, however, is given over to an alphabetical account of various maladies, with appropriate suggestions for their treatment using wine. Perhaps if I quote from the book this will become clearer. "Aerophagia: Aerophagia is exaggerated swallowing of air, which in most cases results in a painful bloating of the stomach during or shortly after a meal. It most often occurs in nervous, worried people who are dissatisfied with their lives and who worry about a problem of affective or professional origin. Recommended wine: Dry or brut Champagne. Dosage: Two glasses per meal." If only all doctors gave this sort of advice. Champagne makes a regular appearance as a treatment, including for fever (where the dose is one bottle per day, taking a glass per hour!) as well as coronary diseases, although Dr Maury is at pains to point out that wine should not be administered during the acute stage of a heart attack. Other notable treatment regimes include red Burgundy (helpful for those with heart failure), Entre-Deux-Mers (useful for treating rickets, but only in those aged five years or more) and Vouvray (good for constipation, apparently). As I'm sure the reader can tell, I find this book amusing, and naturally all advice within should (in my personal opinion) be taken with a large pinch of salt. Nevertheless, I love browsing through it - it never fails to bring a smile to my face.