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April 30, 1927


JAMA. 1927;88(18):1429-1430. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02680440063026

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Theinism in Tunisia  Dr. Dinguizli, head of the native medical service in Tunisia, has called attention to the appearance and rapid spread of theinism in that country. With the opening of the war, the consumption of tea was practically nil, since the population was devoted to Turkish coffee. Contact with the allied troops developed a taste for tea. In 1917, the importation of tea (for the most part, of a poor quality) reached 100,000 Kg. In 1926, the importations had risen to 1,100,100 Kg.; that is to say, they had increased more than ten fold in nine years. Physicians are beginning to observe numerous effects of theinism heretofore unknown; more particularly, digestive, nervous and circulatory disorders; disturbances of vision, and general weakness. Furthermore, the birth rate has diminished perceptibly among the groups of natives who have developed an inordinate fondness for tea, in comparison with those groups that have remained

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