JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer
Reiling, Editorial Assistant.
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.
COFFEE AS A BEVERAGE: ITS DELETERIOUS. JAMA. 2001;285(4):384. doi:10.1001/jama.285.4.384