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The World of Caffeine: The Science and Culture of the World's Most Popular Drug

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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, headachy 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 — its discovery; its early uses; and its unexpected importance 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.

The World of Caffeine is a captivating tale of art and society — from India to Balzac to cybercafes — and the ultimate caffeine resource.

Review:

"The alchemists of old only dreamed of turning dross into gold, but the scientists who followed them succeeded in converting caffeine into ideas. In this new information age the conversion continues at an even faster pace, and this very useful book helps us to understand how it all happened." James Trager, author of The Food Chronology and The People's Chronology

Review:

"This well-researched and entertaining book, The World of Caffeine, contains a wealth of fascinating cultural anecdotes, historical information, and scientific facts which provide a unique perspective on the world's most commonly used mood-altering drug." Dr. Roland R. Griffiths, a leading caffeine researcher, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Review:

"Well-researched, briskly written, full-bodied, and flavorful." Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

The World of Caffeine is a captivating tale of art and society-from India to Balzac to cybercafes-and the ultimate caffeine resource.

Synopsis:

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 the World of Caffeine

Balzac's addiction to caffeine drove 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 Caffeine is a captivating tale of art and society — from India toBalzac to cybercafes — and the ultimate caffeine resource.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780415927222
Author:
Weinberg, Bennett Alan
Author:
Bealer, Bonnie K.
Author:
Weinberg, Bennett Alan
Author:
Weinberg Bennet
Publisher:
Routledge
Location:
New York
Subject:
History
Subject:
Social history
Subject:
Caffeine
Subject:
Substance Abuse & Addictions - General
Subject:
Health and Medicine-History of Medicine
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series Volume:
no. 256
Publication Date:
20010131
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
418
Dimensions:
10.00x7.30x1.40 in. 2.10 lbs.

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Product details 418 pages Routledge - English 9780415927222 Reviews:
"Review" by , "The alchemists of old only dreamed of turning dross into gold, but the scientists who followed them succeeded in converting caffeine into ideas. In this new information age the conversion continues at an even faster pace, and this very useful book helps us to understand how it all happened." James Trager, author of The Food Chronology and The People's Chronology
"Review" by , "This well-researched and entertaining book, The World of Caffeine, contains a wealth of fascinating cultural anecdotes, historical information, and scientific facts which provide a unique perspective on the world's most commonly used mood-altering drug." Dr. Roland R. Griffiths, a leading caffeine researcher, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
"Review" by , "Well-researched, briskly written, full-bodied, and flavorful."
"Synopsis" by , The World of Caffeine is a captivating tale of art and society-from India to Balzac to cybercafes-and the ultimate caffeine resource.
"Synopsis" by , 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 the World of Caffeine

Balzac's addiction to caffeine drove 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 Caffeine is a captivating tale of art and society — from India toBalzac to cybercafes — and the ultimate caffeine resource.

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