Fever in Salem A New Interpretation of the New England Witch Trials

ISBN-10: 1566633095
ISBN-13: 9781566633093
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Description: This new interpretation of the New England Witch Trials offers an innovative, well-grounded explanation of witchcraft's link to organic illness. While most historians have concentrated on the accused, Laurie Winn Carlson focuses on the afflicted.  More...

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Book details

List price: $14.95
Publisher: Ivan R. Dee Publisher
Publication date: 8/21/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 220
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

This new interpretation of the New England Witch Trials offers an innovative, well-grounded explanation of witchcraft's link to organic illness. While most historians have concentrated on the accused, Laurie Winn Carlson focuses on the afflicted. Systematically comparing the symptoms recorded in colonial diaries and court records to those of the encephalitis epidemic in the early twentieth century, she argues convincingly that the victims suffered from the same disease. A unique blend of historical epidemiology and sociology. --Katrina L. Kelner, Science. Meticulously researched...the author marshalls her arguments with clarity and persuasive force. --New Yorker

Acknowledgments
Preface
The Witch Craze in Seventeenth-century New England
The Afflicted
The Response
Mental Illness and the Persecution of Witches
The Forgotten Epidemic
What Happened at Salem?
Alternative Outcomes
Could Encephalitis Lethargica Return?
Afterword: Satanic Possession and Christian Beliefs
Chronology
Statistical Appendix
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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