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Nobody could deny that the Cambridge world history offood is a bargain. For £110 the purchaser gets 2150 pages, with 224 contributors from 15 different countries. The six main parts are devoted to what our ancestors ate, staple foods, dietary liquids, the nutrients, food around the world, history of nutrition and health and contemporary policy issues. The(More)
To say that Irvine Loudon's Death in childbirth is a hard read might seem both offensive and paradoxical. Few studies have concentrated on the topic, none of them on international comparisons, and did not his earlier Medical care and the general practitioner 1750-1850 receive rave reviews, thisjournal, for instance, saying that it was crammed with wonderful(More)
his unwillingness to publish" (p. 102); he points out that misunderstandings "were Semmelweis's fault and no one else's" (p. 100). But there is no reason to think these judgements inaccurate or unfair; Semmelweis was, and remains, a difficult figure. If Loudon has introduced nothing new, he has recounted Semmelweis's part in the puerperal fever story with(More)
We read of experiments in which Jews were deliberately infected with typhus and then various treatments, or none, given. The results (showing no effect of the medication) were then published in an old-established German medical journal. Charles Roland is a professor of the history of medicine at MacMaster University and the study is appropriately scholarly.(More)
century, though many papers extend into the twentieth, with one paper on eighteenth-century Carolina, which sits rather awkwardly with the others, because of its very different social and intellectual context. Such collections cannot hope to cover everything, and the editors apologize for obvious gaps in coverage, especially in Asia, the West Indies, and(More)
Liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) has been used historically in proteomics research for over 20 years. However, until recently LC-MS/MS has only been routinely used in food testing for small molecule contaminant detection, for example pesticide and veterinary residue detection, and not as a replacement of microbiological food testing(More)
In several important ways Charles Webster's three books about the National Health Service resemble Wagner's music drama Der Ring des Nibelungen. Both achievements are almost uncritizable monuments to an individual; both deal with great and ever-present themes; both show the rise or (usually) fall of major figures; and, to be flippant, both have inevitable(More)
In several senses, Hall cuts a better figure here than in Charlotte Hall's Memoirs. Nevertheless, the remnants of the earlier "spouseography" are often still visible, despite Manuel's apparent awareness of the historiographic implications of using Charlotte's work as a primary source (p. 23). Some instances are trivial. For example, Hall's trip to the(More)