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Published: 23 November 2006

308 Pages | 8 pp halftone plates


ISBN: 9780199205639

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Terrors of the Table

The Curious History of Nutrition

Walter Gratzer

  • A unique and fascinating account combining the history and science of nutrition with tales of the heroes, heroines and charlatans who have told us (and sold us) what we should eat.
  • Chronicles the terrible diseases caused by poor diets such as scurvy and beriberi, and the efforts made to eradicate them.
  • Brings the story right up to the present, with discussions of dietary problems in today's developed world, such as diabetes and obesity, and puts trends such as the Atkins diet in context.
  • Relates the discoveries of vitamins and provides valuable information on other key ingredients of our diets.