Coffee drunkenness is one of the latest dangers which doctors abroad are raising their voices against. Dr W. Drake, of New York, is one of those who have made a special study of the subject, and he says his observation has shown beyond question that chronic coffee poisoning is much more common than is generally supposed. The symptoms are usually coufounded with alcoholic disturbance, because coffee dyspepsia bears a striking resemblance to alcoholic dyspepsia. The disgust for food increases in severe cases until the patient can only take | coffee or bread soaked in coffee. Nausea follows, and many of the ills that flesh is heir to. Concerning the same evil, Dr Mendel, of Berlin, has published a clinical study, which is the most thorough yet made, as he had a community of coffee drinkers under his constant observation, the working women in and about Essen. He found many a woman who consumed over a pound of coffee in a week. The leading symptoms of theills that afflicted them were profound depression of spirits and frequent headaches, with insomnia. A strong, dose of coffee would relieve them for a time ; then the ailment would return. The muscle became weak and trembling, and the hands trembled when at rest. The victims suffered so seriously they dared not abandon the drinking of coffee for fear of death. What, we wonder, will it ba next 9 The hardest precious stone, after the diamond, is the ruby. , .^
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Mataura Ensign, Issue 199, 8 October 1896, Page 4
Coffee Drunkenness. Mataura Ensign, Issue 199, 8 October 1896
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