Of People and Plants: The Autobiography of Europe's Most Celebrated Healer

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Inner Traditions / Bear & Co, 1991 - Biography & Autobiography - 336 pages
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Of People and Plants is a combination of colorful anecdotes from Messeque's life and detailed information about the use of specific plants in treating a wide variety of ailments. Its comprehensive appendices describe Messeque's preparations for the principal chronic diseases and provide recommendations for the seasonal and nutritional use of plants for optimal health. Instructions are also given for growing beneficial herbs and vegetables and for gathering wild medicinal plants. This autobiography, flavored both by Messeque's rich French heritage and by the depth of his knowledge of native plant medicine, will be a fascinating addition to any herbal library.
 

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Of course this is partially marketing, self-promotion; Messegue, after all, was an entrepreneur. Still, an interesting picture of post-WW2 France and an overview of some modalities of herbalism. Read full review

Contents

The Plant Expert
1
Animals Know
7
The Death of a Happy Man
15
Grey Smocks Revenge
19
A Poultice for the Admiral
28
A Healer in Spite of Myself
39
Making a Start
45
I Pay My First Patient
54
Lord and Lady X
128
Winston Churchill
144
Robert Schuman and Konrad Adenauer
153
Impotence and Frigidity
168
A Fascinating Monster Farouk
186
Utrillos Hands and Cocteaus Heart
197
My Great Success Cellulitis
217
How I Won the Tour de France
240

A Lucky Encounter
60
My Lucky Star Mistinguett
68
My First Miracles
79
My President
92
My First Court Case
107
Doctors Pupil
119
Cancer
253
My Battle Against the Charlatans
263
Dura Lex Sed Lex
278
Epilogue
289
Appendix I
293
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