Du Bon usage du thé, du caffé et du chocolat pour la preservation & pour la guerison des maladies.

Nicolas de Blegny

The French essayist, historian and barber surgeon Nicolas de Blegny (1652–1722) became physician of King Louis XIV in 1682. He also founded the first medical journal (Nouvelles découvertes sur toutes les parties de la médecine) and designed trusses used in the treatment of hernia. Considered as a genius by some, as a quack by others, he was a prolific author and left a number of works. These include monographs on hernia, venereal diseases, health and remedies for fever. In this work, Blegny discusses the health benefits and medicinal qualities of Asian and American drinks: tea, coffee and chocolate.

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