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Scent: The Mysterious and Essential Powers of Smell

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"All my genius resides in my nostrils, " claimed Friedrich Nietzsche. Now comes a splendid new voice to bear him out - Annick Le Guérer. In this enchanting, erudite, and highly readable exploration of all things olfactory, she investigates the uses and properties of scent through the ages in relation to magic, myth, religion, sex, discrimination, philosophy, and medicine. ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published April 1st 1994 by Kodansha (first published April 1988)
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An academic book. I skimmed it to focus on the parts that interested me, which were very interesting. It happened to include a lot of material about how people viewed the role of scent during various plagues.
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Sometimes laborious reading, but interesting subject matter.
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