Baker & Taylor A reinterpretation of the events in Salem in 1692 reveals a medical cause for the strange symptoms that afflicted Salem residents and that were explained at the time as evidence of witchcraft
NBN Laurie Winn Carlson offers an innovative explanation for the madness behind the Salem Witch Trials.
Book News Carlson combines historical and scientific research to offer an explanation for the hysteria in the late 17th century at Salem and other places in New England. Rather than focusing on the accused, she looks at the people who were afflicted with hallucinations, convulsions, psychosis, and often death, then seeks a possible physical cause for the symptoms. She finds a close fit in reports of the encephalitic epidemic in the early 20th century, and presents epidemiological and other evidence to add support. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)