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Poisons of the Past: Molds, Epidemics, and History Paperback – July 24, 1991

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Matossian presents evidence that food poisoning from microfungi in rye bread may have caused widespread hallucinations, low fertility and witch-like behavior during the 14th through the 18th centuries. Illustrated. (Dec.)no PW rev
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In this pathbreaking book, historian Mary Kilbourne Matossian argues that epidemics, sporadic outbursts of bizarre behavior, and low fertility and high death rates from the fourteenth to the eighteenth centuries may have been caused by food poisoning from microfungi in bread, the staple food in Europe and America during this period.
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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; Revised ed. edition (July 24, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300051212
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300051216
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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Yuk! This book is a serious look at a seldon know subject: poisons in the days gone by. Raw terror! I'm fascinated by it... You'll be, too!
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