sábado, 28 de mayo de 2016

Terapias de los sentidos: Alcoholic spirits

After leaving Lenox Hill Churchill retreated to the Bahamas, from where he reports on 8 January 1932 that "I arrived here physically very weak but with considerable mental energy; then all of a sudden I felt a great deal of nervous reaction and lassitude." He could not concentrate, had recurring pain in his side, difficulty sleeping without sleeping pills, "and from time to time have had some depression of spirit." His impatient agents wanted him to resume his American lecture tour by 15 January, but Churchill knew that was impossible. On 3 January he cabled (Otto) Pickhardt: "am convinced unfit begin lecturing before February one...kindly cable your advice." And Pickhardt heartily concurred, to Churchill's great relief. 

The doctor even granted Churchill medical authorization to purchase and consume alcohol--then illegal in Prohibition America: 

"the post accident convalescence of the Hon. Winston S. Churchill necessitates the use of alcoholic spirits especially at meal times. The Quantity is naturally indefinite..."

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