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Food, medicine, and the quest for good health : nutrition, medicine, and culture

Author: Nancy N Chen
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Drawing on Medical Texts and food therapy practices from around the world and throughout history, Nancy N. Chen locates old and new crossovers between food and medicine in different social and cultural contexts. The consumption of spices, sugar, and salt was once linked to specific healing properties, and trade in these commodities transformed not just the political economy of Europe, Asia, and the New World but  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Nancy N Chen
ISBN: 9780231134842 0231134843 9780231508919 0231508913
OCLC Number: 226360213
Description: xiv, 128 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Rethinking food and medicine --
Food as medicine --
Healing foods and longevity --
Dietary prescriptions and comfort foods --
Medicine as food --
Nutraceuticals and functional foods --
Genetically modified foods and drugs --
Eating and medicating.
Responsibility: Nancy N. Chen.
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"Drawing on Medical Texts and food therapy practices from around the world and throughout history, Nancy N. Chen locates old and new crossovers between food and medicine in different social and cultural contexts. The consumption of spices, sugar, and salt was once linked to specific healing properties, and trade in these commodities transformed not just the political economy of Europe, Asia, and the New World but local tastes and food practices as well. Today's technologies are rapidly changing traditional attitudes toward food, enabling the cultivation of new admixtures, such as nutraceuticals and genetically modified food, that link food to medicine in novel ways. Chen considers these developments against the evolving food regimes of the diet industry in order to build a framework for understanding diet as individual practice, social prescription, and political formation."--Jacket.

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