Medical Information Related to the Salem Witch Trials

Edit: I meant to post this to nonfluffypagans but I might as well leave it here now.

The following post was on the Net-Gold mailing list today—a great source for finding reference materials for any subject.

In any case, I thought it might be of interest to anyone doing an academic study of the period.

HISTORY: UNITED STATES: COLONIAL : MEDICAL: HISTORY:
Salem Witch Trials

If one wants to read about the Salem Witch trials that occurred in Salem Massachusetts one would probably look at databases or periodical indexes in history, religion, literature, the humanities, and the social sciences for the resources covering this field and for books as well that are from these disciplines.  Law and political science sources would also be relevant as would the fields of sociology and anthropology.  But would the biomedical literature be a place to look for sources pertinent to this subject?

Rimar Y. Rimar D.
[Witches saints and other diseases]. [Hebrew] Harefuah.
142(5):383-6, 396, 2003 May

Woolf A.
Witchcraft or mycotoxin? The Salem witch trials.
Journal of Toxicology – Clinical Toxicology.
38(4):457-60, 2000.

Flotte TJ. Bell DA.
Role of skin lesions in the Salem witchcraft trials.
American Journal of Dermatopathology.
11(6):582-7, 1989 Dec.

Spanos NP. Gottlieb J.
Ergotism and the Salem Village witch trials.
Science.
194(4272):1390-4, 1976 Dec 24.

Foster, Mindi D.; Jackson, Lydia C.; Hartmann, Ryan;
Woulfe, Shannon
Minimizing the Pervasiveness of Women’s
Personal Experiences of Gender Discrimination.
Psychology of Women Quarterly.
28(3):224-232, September 2004.

Sternberg, Robert J.
1,2 A Duplex Theory of Hate: Development and Application to
Terrorism, Massacres, and Genocide.
Review of General Psychology.
7(3):299-328, September 2003.

Norman M. MD, Editor; Palmer, Biff F. MD; Revankar, Sanjay G. MD
Clinical Implications of Mycotoxins and Stachybotrys.
American Journal of the Medical Sciences.
325(5):262-274, May

Woolf, Alan
Witchcraft or Mycotoxin? The Salem Witch Trials.
Journal of Toxicology – Clinical Toxicology.
38(4):457-460, June 2000.

Woolf,
A Wicca Or Mycotoxin? The Salem Witch Trials.
Journal of Toxicology – Clinical Toxicology.
37(5):674, August 1999.

It may be a hard pill to swallow, but there is literature about the Salem Witch trials in medical and biomedical journals.

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Temple University
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