Was it tea that brought on the madness of King George?
Dr. Willis, psychiatrist and guardian to George III during His Majesty’s debilitating illness and confinement at Kew Palace, suggested it was specifically Chinese tea that drove men mad. As I’ve previously written, both King George and Queen Charlotte were avid tea drinkers.
In A Treatise on those disorders of the brain and nervous system, which are usually considered and called mental, a Dr. Unwins considered Willis’s thesis and expands on the doctor’s diagnosis. The treatise was published the 1834 edition of The Medico-chirurgical Review: