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Re: Medieval Nutrition and Diet

Thanks for sharing, Gerard! To your question, I would hesitate to define efficacy in terms of modern ideas about healthful diets. While it is surely true that correcting some dietary deficiency would likely have been perceived as efficacious, understanding of what "works" is heavily influenced by social and cultural context and, perhaps not surprisingly, is also deeply personal or individualized (i.e., what works for *me* may not be what works for someone else).

Medieval Nutrition and Diet

Dear H-Nutrition members,

Those of you interested in Medieval nutrition and diet may be intrigued by two new papers concerning the Mediterranean in the 15th century. 

Recently, the writing system of a Medieval manuscript was revealed to be proto-Romance: i.e., the ancestor to Spanish and the other modern Romance languages. In addition, it is written with a proto-Italic alphabet. It is the only known document of this kind and therefore has considerable linguistic and historic importance.

Natural food stores as sites of 1960s activism: book review

Joshua Clark Davis. From Headshops to Whole Foods: The Rise and Fall of Activist Entrepreneurs. New York: Columbia University Press, 2017. xiv + 314 pp. $35.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-231-17158-8.

Reviewed by Patrick Jones (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)
Published on H-1960s (March 5, 2018)
Commissioned by Zachary J. Lechner (Thomas Nelson Community College)