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COFFEE, SEX & HEALTH by Ian Bersten

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Coffee, Sex & Health by Ian Bersten - A history of anti-coffee crusaders and sexual hysteria.

Is coffee really harmful? What does carbolic acid have to do with coffee? How does ‘humour' relate to coffee? Why did the ‘Maidens of London' blame coffee for their husbands lack of virility in 1663? How does coffee relate to sex? And is it a coincidence that the detractors of coffee are in the burgeoning business of selling coffee substitutes?

From the earliest days of medicine, doctors have come to many unsound conclusions relating to coffee and tea. Ignorance continued to dominate thinking about these beverages until the beginning of the nineteenth century when caffeine was discovered and chemically defined and then correctly classified as a narcotic.

In tracing the history of anti-coffee crusaders, Ian Bersten in Coffee, Sex & Healthhas uncovered bizarre theories based in sexual paradigms from the first health reform movement. The inventor of Homeopathy, Samuel Hahnemann, wrote against coffee in the nineteenth century. His ideas and the similar ideas of health reformers in the United States were the forces which kept the case against coffee on the public eye.

Coffee, Sex & Health - Details:
ISBN 13: 9780957758100
ISBN 10: 0957758103
Format: Soft cover
Size: 155 mm x 230 mm
Pages: 198
Images: 32
Weight: 325 grams

 

 

 


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