Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. The Nature and Taste of Sweetness

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Gordon G. Birch
      Pages 3-13
    3. Thomas R. Scott, Barbara K. Giza
      Pages 15-32
  3. The Social Context of Sweetness

  4. Inborn and Acquired Aspects of Sweetness

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 113-113
    2. Gary K. Beauchamp, Beverly J. Cowart
      Pages 127-140
  5. Sweetness and Food Intake

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 141-141
    2. Barbara J. Rolls
      Pages 161-173
  6. Sweetness and Obesity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 175-175
    2. Adam Drewnowski
      Pages 177-192
    3. Judith Rodin, Danielle Reed
      Pages 193-204
    4. Edward Hirsch
      Pages 205-224
  7. Implications of Sweetness

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 225-225
    2. Howard G. Schutz, Debra S. Judge
      Pages 239-246
    3. P. Würsch, N. Daget
      Pages 247-260
    4. Herbert L. Meiselman
      Pages 261-276
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 277-282

About these proceedings


Very few books, especially when written by many authors, have passed through any serious process of peer review. That this one has done so is due to the special way in which it was produced. All eighteen authors were asked to submit chapters which were then circulated to each of the others. Everyone was asked to write considered Commentaries on each chapter, with references where necessary, and these too were circulated to all the other authors. The purpose of the Commentaries was to be constructively critical and, where appropriate, to highlight areas of difference rather than to reach a consensus. Research workers, of course, always strive to reach a common truth in the end, but in the process their findings and ideas pass through a seemingly interminable period of discussion and argument; and during this time their enthusiasm is sharpened by the constructive cut-and-thrust of lively debate. Progress, indeed, comes as much from open discussion as from new discovery. New ideas and new results are regularly dipped in the acid of other people's opinions and findings, so that what remains is refined and likely to be reliably contributory. Our book is meant to be a contribution to that process.


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Editors and affiliations

  • John Dobbing
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Child HealthUniversity of ManchesterManchesterUK

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag London 1987
  • Publisher Name Springer, London
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4471-1431-4
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4471-1429-1
  • Series Print ISSN 0936-4072
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