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The Influence of Tea, Coffee, and Cocoa on Digestion.
—Dr. James W. Fraser, in the recent number of the Journal of Anatomy and Physiology, has recorded the results of an interesting series of experiments on the action of our common beverage on stomachic and intestinal digestion. The experiments have been most carefully arranged from a physical standpoint, and give us some valuable hints on the digestion of the chief alimentary principles, but they have no bearing, it should be mentioned, on individual variations of human digestion, or on the influence of various glands in preparing the gastric or intestinal juices. They are, however, of much value in showing how standard preparations of the peptic and pancreatic ferments are modified in action when our ordinary daily beverages are allowed their free action on the digestion of various articles of food. The digestive processes were carefully investigated, and absorption was imitated
MEDICAL PROGRESS.. JAMA. 1887;VIII(26):706. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02391510006002
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