The Mirror of Health: Food, Diet and Medical Theory 1450-1660 by Jane Huggett. Published by Stuart Press as part of the Living History Reference Books Series. 1st edition 1995. © Historical Management Associates Ltd. 1995. ISBN 1 85804 076 0
55 page A5 booklet illustrated with a few contemporary line drawings. The following is extracted from the Introduction:
The Tudor or Stuart reader of this book may well have been as confused and bemused as to what he should or should not eat for the good of his health as we are. However, most of the books of the period were in broad agreement with each other. Ultimately all dietary advice was derived from the Classical and Arab medical authorities.
16th and 17th century writers, many of whom had no medical training, might put their own slant on received opinion, even voicing disagreement, but they never sought to innovate. Dietary beliefs were firmly based on the theory of the four humours not seriously challenged until the later 17th century - even modern practices are far more based on them than you might realise.
This booklet is new and unused but the binding is not quite square.