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Published: 12 February 2007

304 Pages | 15 b/w plates

5-1/4 x 7-3/4 inches

ISBN: 9780199205639

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Terrors of the Table

The Curious History of Nutrition

Walter Gratzer

A marvelous smorgasbord of stories taken from the history of nutrition, providing an engaging account of the struggle to find the ingredients of a healthy diet, and the fads and quackery that have waylaid the unwary. Gratzer recounts this history with characteristic crispness and verve. The book teems with colorful personalities, a veritable who's who of medical history, and highlights the brilliant flashes of insight as well as the sadly mistaken leaps of logic in the centuries-long effort to understand how the body uses food.

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