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Terrors of the Table: The Curious History of Nutrition by Walter Gratzer Online



Terrors of the Table: The Curious History of Nutrition

Terrors of the Table: The Curious History of Nutrition

  • Title: Terrors of the Table: The Curious History of Nutrition
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  • ISBN : 9780199205639
  • Format : Paperback
  • Language : English
  • Page : 304 pages


Here, Walter Gratzer offers 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 Here, Walter Gratzer offers 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 We see the ingenious experiments used to reveal the workings of the stomach, the chemical analyses that uncovered the nature of proteins, carbohydrates, and vitamins, and the slow recognition that malnutrition lay behind such terrible diseases as scurvy, rickets, beriberi, and pellagra Along the way, we read about the invention of the tin can which originally had to be opened with a hammer and chisel , learn why ancient Egyptians had thicker skulls than Persians, and find out about today s fads and fancy diets some dangerous, others just daft Spiced with colorful anecdotes from the history of medicine and with sharp portraits of the scientists who helped or hindered our understanding of diet and digestion, Terrors of the Table is a must read for anyone interested in food and health


Author Walter Gratzer




Terrors of the Table: The Curious History of Nutrition Reviews (9)

  • Just started reading this most amazaing account of the history of nutrition Picked it up by chance off the Sales table at Exclusive s We take so much for granted about the why and wherefore s of the foods we consider healthy to eator not eat Really well written and extremely informative and entertai [..]

  • Mixes two different fields of study the discoveries of the science of nutrition and a history of such things as food adulteration and dieting That doesn t work all that well Despite what some have said, it is certainly not too technical The complicated science is relegated to an appendix. [..]

  • This book undoubtedly offers lots of information and every paragraph is packed with unknown facts about nutrition over the past centuries it is truly fascinating The only problem with the text, for me, is that it really jumps across not only decades but centuries within the same paragraph sometimes, [..]

  • Almost like a textbook of stories of the people who studied nutrition through the ages and how they figured out how common health issues e.g rickets, scurvy were related to nutrition, this book is a good read if you want every last detail who studied nutrition plus their life story Written from a sc [..]

  • Very technical Almost painful in some areas I wouldn t recommend this book to anyone who is new to the study of nutrition On the other hand, it s very detailed with impressive scientific research and background If you re looking for hard facts about a somewhat new and underdeveloped science, this is [..]

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