A Cloud No Bigger than a Man's Hand Or Body Blows to the Well-beloved Bean
A JAMA editorial of more than passing interest to AAs
THE NOW almost forgotten Bach's "Coffee Cantata" was, in its time, an eloquent musical protest against those who sought to dissuade women from drinking coffee. Many laymen and, allegedly, some doctors believed the beverage to be a cause of sterility. To be sure, this was not the first or last absurd notion entertained about coffee. Ever since its discovery in Ethiopia about one thousand years ago, coffee has provided many grounds for lively controversy. In Moslem lands, where the potable bean had enjoyed great popularity long before it became known in Europe, orthodox followers of Mahomet...
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