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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