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March 30, 2020 - Portland Press Harold

Vegan Kitchen: A meat-free diet in Maine is nothing new

Vegan Kitchen: A meat-free diet in Maine is nothing new
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In the first half of the 19th-century, some Mainers promoted a vegetarian diet. One doctor wrote that it did for "the wretched invalids what the best medical treatment had utterly failed to do."

Inside the Maine Historical Society’s Brown Library in downtown Portland the air is heavy with echoes of the past. Out of sight in the archive live 12 diaries written by Barrows between 1825 and 1852. What led me to them was a letter written by Barrows on April 28, 1835, and published in Dr. Alcott’s 1838 “Vegetable Diet: As Sanctioned by Medical Men, and by Experience in All Ages.”  The heart of “Vegetable Diet” is a series of letters written by American doctors. They were written in response to an 1835 query placed in the Boston Medical and Surgical Journal and other medical journals of the day asking 11 questions about experiences “excluding animal food” from the diet.

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