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JAMA 100 Years Ago
January 24/31, 2001

COFFEE AS A BEVERAGE: ITS DELETERIOUS

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JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer Reiling, Editorial Assistant.

JAMA. 2001;285(4):384. doi:10.1001/jama.285.4.384

New York County Medical Association.

Stated Meeting, Dec. 17, 1900.

President Dr. Parker Syms in the chair. . . .

DR. WILLIAM M. LESZYNSKY said that to indiscriminately condemn coffee as useless might shock the faith of multitudes. The purpose of the paper was to show that the ill effects of coffee were by no means uncommon. This statement was founded on a careful study of this subject for the past ten years. Roasted coffee contains caffein and caffeone. We all realize the excellence of coffee as a medicinal agent. From 1892 till 1896 the average importation of coffee into this country had been 597, 484, 217 pounds annually. The people of the United States are said to consume about one-third of the total coffee production, and in this fact, perhaps, was to be found the explanation of the proverbial nervousness of our people and the explanation of the large amount of work they are capable of doing.

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