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Table of Contents
Overview: Caffeine Enoucnters
Prologue: The Discovery of Ceffeine
Part I:Caffeien in History
Part 2 Europe Wakes Up to Caffeine
Part III: The Culture of Caffeine
Part IV: The Natural History of Caffeine
Caffeine and Health
Epilogue: A toast to the Future
Appendix A: The London Coffee House During the Commonwealth and REstoration
Appendix b: Supplenentay Tables
Appendix C: Additional Studies of CAffeine's Physical Effects
Appendix D: Methodological Pitfalls
Selected Bibliography and List of References Sources
Posted May 29, 2001
I used this text for research for a paper for my organic chemistry class. This was the first book that I have ever enjoyed reading when it's purpose was for research. The facts and details about caffeine were very intersesting. I recommend this book to anybody who wants more information on a drug that has a huge impact on their life.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 18, 2001
This book rocks! If you drink coffee, tea or cola you need to get this book. I'm not sure which is more fascinating-- the hundreds of surprising medical facts about caffeine's effects on the mind and body, or the astonishing part caffeine has played in culture, art, religion, society, politics, science and literature. Caffeine is the driving force behind the explosion in cafe culture, the cult drug of the computer world and the Internet, and necessary part of just about everybody's daily life. And the authors really know to tell a story and there are hundreds of great stories from all over the world and throughout history. Amazing health facts include that caffeine actually improves your short term memory and helps you perform certain mental tasks more quickly and with fewer mistakes. Even more incredible, that caffeine actually grows new brain cells. The book also raises some serious warnings about caffeine use in pregnancy, a risk that has been pretty much overlooked by the FDA. I would say that this book gives a unique perspective on understanding history and modern society as well as offering a wealth of practical information about how to get the most out of the drug almost all of us are addicted to. It also has dozens of illustrations and charts and wouldn't be a bad gift for the caffeine addict in your life.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 20, 2001
I never thought there was so much to learn about caffeine! The World of Caffeine is a treasure chest of everything from art and history to medicine and modern culture. My idea of a good time is to go to Starbucks, order a double latte, and spend a couple of hours reading this incredible book. I recommend it highly if you're looking for a kind of reading adventure, because it takes you on a tour of so many places and tells stories about so many historical people.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.