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A Fever in Salem

A New Interpretation Of The New England Witch Trials

By Laurie M. Carlson, 1952-

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

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Book

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Publish Date

1999

ISBN

1566632536


Format: Book
Author: Carlson, Laurie M., 1952-
Title: A fever in Salem : a new interpretation of the New England witch trials / Laurie Winn Carlson.
Publisher Date: Chicago : I.R. Dee, 1999.
Subject: Witchcraft -- Massachusetts -- Salem -- History -- 17th century Epidemic encephalitis -- Massachusetts -- Salem -- History -- 17th century.
Isbn: 1566632536 (alk. paper)
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Call Number: 133.43 Car
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Bib Id: 140811

Format: Book
Author: Carlson, Laurie M., 1952-
Title: A fever in Salem : a new interpretation of the New England witch trials / Laurie Winn Carlson.
Publisher, Date: Chicago : I.R. Dee, 1999.
Description: xvi, 197 p. ; 22 cm.
Subjects: Witchcraft -- Massachusetts -- Salem -- History -- 17th century
Subjects: Epidemic encephalitis -- Massachusetts -- Salem -- History -- 17th century.
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. 183-188) and index.
Contents: 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? -- Satanic possession and Christian beliefs.
LCCN: 99027520
ISBN: 1566632536 (alk. paper)
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Call Number: 133.43 Car