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November 7, 1903


JAMA. 1903;XLI(19):1148. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.02490380024006

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Some months ago a request was made in the Journal of Tropical Medicine that some reader in South America give information in regard to maté or Paraguay tea. In response to this it publishes in its October number a communication from a South American resident who points out certain special advantages of this as a stimulant.

It seems to be a fact that the ordinary South American or hybrid South American is not naturally an energetic individual, but under the influence of this physical and mental stimulant the amount of hard work that he can do is hardly limited. The woodmen in the quebracho industry go to the woods between 3 and 4 o'clock in the morning and work steadily for hours on an occasional swallow of maté, only stopping at their noon meal. The correspondent asserts that maté is far superior in its invigorating powers to tea, coffee

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