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November 19, 1904


JAMA. 1904;XLIII(21):1556. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02500210046011

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According to a London cable dispatch, the use of essence or strong tincture of ginger as a stimulant is becoming dangerously popular among society people in Great Britain. In some cases very large quantities are said to be used, even as much as a pint daily. The fact that ginger is a well-known domestic remedy is very likely the starting point of its usage in cases of mental and social strain accompanied with gastric disturbances, but the habit becomes a cumulative one and fully as dangerous as the cocain, morphin and other drug habits which it is often desired to avoid. This constitutes a special danger; the subjects at first consider that they are taking a harmless remedy, which they have known as such from childhood days. The fact that essence of ginger is often nearly of full alcoholic strength renders the drug excessively dangerous, and the further fact that

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