This book contains the material presented in the symposium on coffee and caffein at the meeting of the German Pharmacologic Society in Berlin in 1938
The original papers by W. Straub, O. Eichler and W. Stepp appeared in Naunyn-Schmiedebergs Archiv für experimentelle Pathologie und Pharmakologie (190: 118-170 [Sept.] 1938). Aside from the exhaustive way in which the literature in the field is presented (484 references), the chief value of the book lies in the highly critical way in which the author attempts to evaluate published and often accepted "facts" and in his presentation of unsolved problems.
The book has chapters on the history and preparation of coffee as a beverage, on the actions of coffee and caffein on the central nervous system, circulation, kidneys, metabolism and organs of reproduction and on caffeinism and tolerance. There is an interesting discussion of the action of caffein during muscular exercise.
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