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Labour and refreshment

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: (Published 31 October 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:1201

Hard-working men, especially in the learned professions are often puzzled as to the right hours for their meals and the right diet to be taken at their meals. The much graver question of stimulants also interests them personally. The fear of a mid-day meal is very common amongst brain-workers. A good luncheon is apt to interfere with inspiration, especially if any form of alcohol be taken. Tea, very popular with scholars, is less objectionable as to its immediate effects, but it is very dangerous to digestion, especially amongst scholars who, like workwomen, nearly always …

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