David Gentilcore, Food and Health in Early Modern Europe. Diet, Medicine and Society, 1450–1800. London, New York: Bloomsbury, 2016, 288 pp., 30 b/w ill., ISBN: 9781472528421In Food and Health in Early Modern Europe, David Gentilcore proposes an innovative research work that delves in some aspects that had been historiographically outlined in his past work, providing cues on problems to be solved further on, and at the same time he synthesizes what is currently known about the relationship between food and medicine. Several authors have addressed that relationship as well as the study of dietetic literature both in earlier periods and in the one that Genticore studies. Nevertheless, no one has approached the subject in the systematic way he does in this book, covering the whole of early modern times. This allows him to show how the models of medical thought, conceptions of digestion and food changed. In general terms, historiography is solid on how these aspects were approached in the Renaissance, the seventeenth century and the Enlightenment. However, thanks to the way Gentilcore paints a broad picture, in which these transitions are studied, changes and continuities can be better understood. Even if the Paracelsianism and the iatromechanic model questioned
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