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Many men and women in and out of the medical profession are resorting more and more to the employment of drugs which have, what has been falsely called, a tonic influence over the nervous system, since they find that the employment of such substances relieves them of symptoms arising from nervous exhaustion and enabled them to go on with their work for a time, in a manner which would otherwise be impossible. At one period the employment of nervous stimulants, other than tea, coffee and alcohol, was confined almost entirely to those of the medical profession who ignored the fact that drugs used for stimulant purposes produce ruin in the end.
Unfortunately for the laity of today a large number of semi-medical purveyors, finding the demand for their products not sufficiently great, have resorted to means by which they call the attention to the fact that remedies can be obtained
THE ABUSE OF SO CALLED NERVE TONICS.. JAMA. 1898;XXX(5):271–272. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02440570039006