The maid behind "The Handmaid’s Tale": A tainted view of Half-hanged Mary

  • Anirban Chatterjee University College of Medical Sciences
Keywords: Witchcraft, Syphilis

Abstract

Although much has been debated about the role of syphilis in the witch hunting craze that swept across Europe in the 16th and 17th Century, the equally horrifying Witch Trials in the United States of America were all bracketed under the common heading of ergotism. Here, I focus on one specific case in particular, which is peculiar owing to many factors, not the least being the fact that the woman who was hanged after being accused of witchcraft, eventually lived!

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Author Biography

Anirban Chatterjee, University College of Medical Sciences
PGY-2, Department of Community Medicine, UCMS and GTB Hospital

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Published
2015-12-15
How to Cite
Chatterjee, A. (2015). The maid behind "The Handmaid’s Tale": A tainted view of Half-hanged Mary. Research & Humanities in Medical Education, 2, 62-66. Retrieved from https://www.rhime.in/ojs/index.php/rhime/article/view/19
Section
History of Medicine