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Tea drinking and nervous ailments

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 20 October 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:960
  1. Jeremy Hugh Baron, honorary professorial lecturer
  1. Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York

    The dreadful cohort of constitutional derangements, which… pass under the general denomination of nervous ailments, has been increased by the custom of tea drinking… Among the poor of the metropolis, we are sorry to see the custom so generally prevail, of taking tea at almost all times of the day; since the temporary stimulus that it gives, is followed by that sort of relaxation of nerve and depression of spirit, which introduces the consumer of it to resort to a still more reprehensible and baneful custom, viz, that of taking ardent and raw spirits; a practice, respecting the mischief of which there can be no more room for doubt.

    Unwins D. A treatise on those diseases which are either directly or indirectly, connected with indigestion: comprising a general view of sympathetic affections. 2nd ed. London: Thomas and George Underwood, 1828: 238-9.

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