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7 December 1989
Health for Sale: Quackery in England 1660-1850 
by Roy Porter.
Manchester, 280 pp., £19.95, August 1989, 0 7190 1903 6
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Popular Errors 
by Laurent Joubert and Gregory David de Rocher.
University of Alabama Press, 348 pp., $49.95, July 1989, 0 8173 0408 8
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Bread of Dreams: Food and Fantasy in Early Modern Europe 
by Piero Camporesi, translated by David Gentilcore.
Polity, 212 pp., £19.50, May 1989, 0 7456 0349 1
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Poisons of the Past: Molds, Epidemics and History 
by Mary Kilbourne Matossian.
Yale, 190 pp., £18, November 1989, 0 300 03949 2
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... the price of wheat meant so may dead, like it or not, human ingenuity notwithstanding, and regardless of which particular individuals the dead happened to be. Statistics, indeed, are at the base of MaryMatossian’s part-complementary, part-competing thesis in Poisons of the Past. Matossian thinks like Camporesi that food adulteration was a normal part of daily life in all premodern eras: but her ...

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