Discourses on a Sober and Temperate Life

Wherein is demonstrated, by his own Example, the Method of Preserving Health to Extreme Old Age

Author: Luigi Cornaro
Published: 1779
Language: English
Wordcount: 21,777 / 67 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 31.5
LoC Category: RA
Downloads: 977
Added to site: 2009.12.13
mnybks.net#: 26012
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genre: Health
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>Having thus recovered my health, I began seriously to consider the power of temperance, and say to myself, that if this virtue had efficacy enough to subdue such grievous disorders as mine, it must have still greater to preserve me in health, to help my bad constitution, and comfort my very weak stomach. I therefore applied myself diligently to discover what kinds of food suited me best. But, first, I resolved to try, whether those, which pleased my palate, agreed or disagreed with my stomach, in order to judge for myself of the truth of that proverb, which I once held true, and is universally held as such in the highest degree, insomuch that epicures, who give a loose to their appetites, lay it down as a fundamental maxim. This proverb is, that whatever pleases the palate, must agree with the stomach, and nourish the body; or whatever is palatable must be equally wholesome and nourishing. The issue was, that I found it to be false: for, though rough and very cold wines, as likewise melons and other fruits,

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