The world of caffeine : the science and culture of the world's most popular drug /
Bennett Alan Weinberg, Bonnie K. Bealer.
New York : Routledge, 2001.
xxi, 394 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
0415927226 (acid-free paper)
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New York : Routledge, 2001.
0415927226 (acid-free paper)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Author Affiliation
Bennett Alan Weinberg, Esq., is a medical and science writer, and a graduate of Columbia College and New York University School of Law. He has practiced law in New York and Philadelphia and served as an Assistant Professor of Intellectual Heritage at Temple University. In 1986 he founded his own marketing communications firm Bonnie K. Bealer is a researcher, writer, and editor. She holds degrees in psychology and anthropology from Temple University and has studied management and finance at the Wharton Business School of the University of Pennsylvania. She has professional experience designing and writing financial software systems
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Appeared in Choice on 2001-09-01:
Weinberg and Bealer provide an in-depth scholarly work that is remarkably readable and informative. The World of Caffeine will provide something for nearly everyone. The historian will be pleased with the detailed descriptions of the introduction of caffeine into countries across the globe and its gradual ascension to prominence. The social scientist will be intrigued with the presentation of the adoption of caffeine as crucial to the industrial revolution. The physiologist will be intrigued by the complexity of caffeine metabolism, while the health provider will be perplexed by the contradictory results of research regarding the health impacts of this ubiquitous drug. For a scholarly work, the text is unusually readable; scholars will be pleased with the extensive referencing. Sections covering the biochemistry and physiology of caffeine do require a reader with a solid scientific background if in-depth understanding is the goal; however, even the casual reader will be able to understand the statements that summarize the results of research on health impacts. Though illustrations are sparse, they are often illuminating, highlighting important points. Overall, an interesting, although sometimes ponderous read. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. T. D. DeLapp University of Alaska, Anchorage
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The first natural, cultural, & artistic history of our favorite mood enhancer in all its various forms.
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In a natural, cultural, and artistic history of our favorite mood enhancer, the authors show how caffeine was discovered, its early uses, and the unexpected parts it has played in medicine, religion, painting, poetry, learning, and love. 50 halftones & line drawings.
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Caffeine is the world's most popular drug! Almost all of us start our day with a jolt of caffeine from coffee, tea or cola. And many of us crave chocolate when we're stressed or depressed. Without it we're lethargic, head-achy and miserable. Why? Why do we crave caffeine? How much do we really know about our number one drug of choice? Here is the first natural, cultural, and artistic history of our favorite mood enhancer--how it was discovered, its early uses, and the unexpected parts it has played in medicine, religion, painting, poetry, learning, and love. Weinberg and Bealer tell an intriguing story of a remarkable substance that has figured prominently in the exchanges of trade and intelligence among nations and whose most common sources, coffee, tea, and chocolate, have been both promoted as productive of health and creativity and banned as corrupters of the body and mind or subverters of social order. Some Highlights From theWorld of Caffeine Balzac's addiction to caffeinedrove him to eat coffee, as some schizophrenic patients are observed to do today, and may have killed him Mary Tuke breaks the male monopoly on tea in England in 1725 The ways caffeine functions as a "smart pill" Goethe's responsibility for the discovery of caffeine Did a mini Ice Age help bring coffee, tea and chocolate to popularity in Europe? What is the mystery of coffee's origin? As good as gold: the stories of how caffeine, in its various forms, was used as cash in China, Africa, Central America and Egypt What does the civet cat have to do with the most costly coffee on earth today? The World of Caffeineis a captivating tale of art and society -- from India to Balzac to cybercafes -- and the ultimate caffeine resource.
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This natural, cultural, and artistic history of our favourite mood enhancer tells us more, by looking at how caffeine was discovered, its early uses, and its unexpected role in medicine, religion, painting, poetry, learning and love.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Overview: Caffeine Encountersp. xi
Prologue: The Discovery of Caffeinep. xvii
Caffeine in historyp. 1
Coffee: Arabian Originsp. 3
Tea: Asian Originsp. 27
Cacao: American Originsp. 41
Europe wakes up to caffeinep. 51
Monks and Men-at-Arms: Europe's First Caffeine Connectionsp. 53
The Caffeine Trade Supplants the Spice Trade: Tea and Coffee Come to the Westp. 61
The Late Adopters: Germany, Russia, and Sweden Join Inp. 83
Judgments of History: Medical Men Debate Caffeinep. 95
Postscript: Why Did Caffeine Come When It Came?p. 125
The culture of caffeinep. 129
Islands of Caffeine (1): Japan: The Tradition of Tea, the Novelty of Coffeep. 133
Islands of Caffeine (2): England: Caffeine and Empirep. 147
The Endless Simmer: America and the Twentieth Century Do Caffeinep. 181
Caffeine Culture and Le Fin de Millenairep. 197
The Natural history of caffeinep. 213
Caffeine in the Laboratoryp. 215
Caffeine and the Plant Kingdom: "My Vegetable Love ..."p. 235
Caffeine and healthp. 267
Caffeine and the Body: Health Effects, Reproductive Issues, and Fitnessp. 269
Thinking Over Caffeine: Cognition, Learning, and Emotional Well-Beingp. 291
Caffeine Dependence, Intoxication, and Toxicityp. 303
Epilogue: A Toast to the Futurep. 317
The London Coffeehouse during the Commonwealth and Restorationp. 321
Supplementary Tablesp. 327
Additional Studies of Caffeine's Physical Effectsp. 332
Methodological Pitfallsp. 342
Notesp. 345
Referencesp. 373
Indexp. 381
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