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or subcon- of her moral training raises the more general of whether she was suffering from some sort of psychiatric of human beings have traditionally advanced two explanations of the

Ihat while the Devil could deny food to her body. he could not do likewise to her soul. STAC 4/8110, fal. 207v (recording deposition of Susanna Holland).

can learn to be possessed or hysterical explains why many instances of demonic possession in the early modern period spread from one person to another, often afflicting large groups. For examples of such contagious and collective possessions. besides the well-known ones at Loudun and Salem, see 3l..EA, supra note 4, at I04S-46.