Study and Stimulants

The Use of Intoxicants and Narcotics in Relation to Intellectual Life, as Illustrated by Personal Communications on the Subject, from Men of Letters and of Science

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Author: A. Arthur Reade
Language: English
Wordcount: 38,355 / 116 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 62.6
LoC Category: Q
Downloads: 762
mnybks.net#: 5843
Genres: Science, Non-fiction

1883

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and when I am engaged in literary work, scientific investigations, or long and complicated calculations, I never think of taking any stimulant to aid or refresh me, and I doubt whether it would be of any use to do so.

JOSEPH BAXENDELL. February 20, 1882.


DR. G. M. BEARD, FELLOW OF THE NEW YORK ACADEMY OF MEDICINE.

In reply to your enquiries, I may say--first: I do not find that alcohol is so good a stimulant to thought as coffee, tea, opium, or tobacco. On myself alcohol has rather a benumbing and stupefying effect, whatever may be the dose employed; whereas, tobacco and opium, in moderate doses, tea, and especially coffee, as well as cocoa, have an effect precisely the reverse.

Secondly: there are many persons on whom alcohol in large or small doses has a stimulating effect on thought: they can speak and think better under its influence. The late Daniel Webster was accustomed to stimulate himself for his great speeches by the use of alcohol.

Thirdly: these stimulants and narcotics, accordi

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