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December 9, 1905


JAMA. 1905;XLV(24):1805. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02510240037010

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Considerable has been said of late in some English publications, and extensively quoted in this country, about the evil effects of tea drinking in causing physical degeneracy. We have always with us some dietetic reformers who put the ban on tea as well as on the more harmful stimulants. The Journal has, already expressed itself on this subject, but in view of the above facts a word more may not be amiss. There is a possibility that the decoction of tea leaves improperly made may be injurious to certain organizations, but that a mild tea infusion of sufficient strength to give all its needed exhilarating effects is harmful we can not believe, and certainly not if it is used in due moderation. Excessive tea drinking, like excessive bread eating, is not to be commended; excess in anything is necessarily injurious. There may also be certain conditions of the system, generally

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