Guest Editorial: Resveratrol-enhanced wine
Philip A Norrie
General Medical Practitioner, Elanora Heights, NSW, Australia
Man has been drinking wine for the last 9,000 years and the medical profession has been using it as a medicine for the past 5,000 years, making it man’s oldest medicine. The greatest doctors and scientists of the past have sung its praises. Hippocrates (Greek physician and father of modern medicine, 460–370 BC) said “Wine is fit for man in a wonderful way provided it is taken with good sense by the sick as well as the healthy”. Pliny the Elder (Roman scientist and historian, 23–79) said “In vino sanitas – in wine there is health” and Paracelsus (German physician and father of modern pharmacology, 1493–1541) said “Whether wine is a nourishment, medicine or poison is a matter of dosage”, while Louis Pasteur (French scientist, 1822–1895) referred to wine as “The most healthful and hygienic of beverages”. I refer to it as the thinking person’s health drink.
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