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A Fever in Salem


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Part 1 Preface xiii Part 2 The Witch Craze in Seventeenth-century New England 3 Part 3 The Afflicted 9 Part 4 The Response 38 Part 5 Mental Illness and the Persecution of Witches 61 Part 6 The Forgotten Epidemic 76 Part 7 What Happened at Salem? 114 Part 8 Alternative Outcomes 147 Part 9 Could Encephalitis Lethargica Return? 157 Part 10 Afterword: Satanic Possession and Christian Beliefs 157 Part 11 Chronology 159 Part 12 Statistical Appendix 167 Part 13 Notes 171 Part 14 Bibliography 183 Part 15 Index 189

About the Author

Laurie Winn Carlson has written frequently on the history of the West, including Cattle: An Informal Social History; Seduced by the West; Sidesaddles to Heaven; and Boss of the Plains. She lives in Cheney, Washington.


Carlson turns to tackle a phenomenon that has engrossed and frightened generations. -- Barbara Lloyd McMichael * The Seattle Times *
A fascinating, refreshing reassessment of one of the most bizarre episodes in American history. * The A-List *
What an intriguing hypothesis! -- Laurie Garrett, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer; author of I Heard the Sirens Scream
This book will send historians and epidemiologists scurrying back to the drawing board. -- Katrina L. Kelner, Editor, Science Magazine
Ms. Carlson writes well, at times, even humorously. -- Phoebe-Lou Adams * Atlantic Monthly *
Meticulously researched...marshals her arguments with clarity and persuasive force. -- John Banville * The New Yorker *
Provocative, informative, and dramatic...packed with epidemiological evidence and studded with convincing figures and maps. -- Nan Sumner-Mack * Providence Journal *
A medical mystery that will intrigue both the epidemiologist-historian detectives and the lay reader. -- Robert S. Desowitz, Professor of Epidemiology, University of North Carolina and author of Who Gave Pinta to the Santa Maria?

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