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December 24, 1898

THE IRRATIONAL AMERICAN BREAKFAST, JUDGED BY OUR PRESENT KNOWLEDGE OF THE PHYSIOLOGY OF DIGESTION.

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PHILADELPHIA.

JAMA. 1898;XXXI(26):1508-1509. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.92450260012002b

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Abstract

A witty Frenchman once remarked in substance that Americans partook of a dinner at breakfast time. It is a fact that on the continent of European it is the almost universal custom to break the fast in the morning with a very light meal consisting generally of little, if anything, besides rolls and coffee or chocolate. In no other country, probably is so hearty a breakfast eaten as in these United States. This may or may not be prominent among the hygienic faults that make Americans the most dyspeptic people in the world, but it is doubtless one of the causes. It is not reasonable to expect of the digestive organs as energetic and efficient work in the early morning as later in the day. The circulation is then less active and the nervous system not yet aroused to its fullest energy. One would naturally suppose, therefore, that the gastric,

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