Elixirs of Long Life
Human Development, Nutrition, Health, Medical Treatment
Discusses a report in The Times of the long life and death of Étienne D, duc de Pasquier. Considers the reasons for the long lives of celebrated individuals. Links Pasquier's long life to his habit of eating a great deal of everything that 'should do him good', and the celebrated Thomas Parr's to the fact that he did not take any medicines. Noting that 'Sauces and spice, and all meats nice, / Are what the greatest men are made of', believes that Pasquier's notorious 'good-living' demonstrates the connections between on the one hand, good food, and on the other, mental and bodily health, and that his example should be followed.
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