Monday, May 17, 2004


A Remedy for Headache

Modern physicians realize that caffeine can help to mitigate the pain of headache, and most headache remedies contain some caffeine. But this is no new discovery, as this anecdote about Alexander Pope (1688-1744) in Johnson's Lives of the Poets shows:
His most frequent assailant was the headache, which he used to relieve by inhaling the steam of coffee, which he very frequently required.

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