The untorrified Coffee is said to possess tonic and febrifuge properties. It was employed by Dr. Grindel, of Russia, and Raspari, as a substitute for Cinchona in intermittents; it is not, however, regarded as of much benefit in such cases.
An infusion of roasted coffee is a pleasant, though mild, stimulant and anti-soporific. It is, however, in too general use to be employed as a stimulant, most persons being so accustomed to its use that it produces but little effect as an anti-soporific. It is useful, and should always be employed in cases of poisoning by opium.
The American Eclectic Materia Medica and Therapeutics, 1898, was written by John M. Scudder, M.D.