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Drawing at the diaries of a midwife and healer in eighteenth-century Maine, this intimate heritage illuminates the scientific practices, loved ones economies, non secular rivalries, and sexual mores of the hot England frontier.

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This is the region of desert scrub; elevations below five thousand feet receive less than ten inches of moisture a year. An important component of Mediterranean climates is fire. Mediterranean climates are fire climates characterized by lightning strikes not followed by rain. A fraction of these strikes set fire to the vegetation because air humidity is low, fallen twigs and leaves on the ground are dry, and winds are sufficiently strong to carry the flames forward. Until Californians adopted a fire-suppression policy eighty years ago, late summer and early fall fires were an expected natural event in many California vegetation types below six thousand feet elevation.

Burks, ed. : Island Press, 1994), 161-74; A. GomezPompa and A. Kaus, "Taming the Wilderness Myth," Bioscience 42 (1992): 71-279; and S. M. Wilson, "That Unmanned Wild Countrey," Natural History (i<)()2):i6-ij. 4. Edwin Bryant, What I Saw in California (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1985), 3775. J. D. Borthwick, Three Years in California (Oakland: Biobooks, 1948), 114. 6. Robert E. Martin and David B. Sapsis, "Fires as Agents of Biodiversity—Pyrodiversity Promotes Biodiversity," in Proceedings of the Symposium on Biodiversity of Northwestern California, October, 1991, Richard R.

Swezey and Robert F. Heizer, "Ritual Management of Salmonid Fish Resources in California," in Blackburn and Anderson, Before the Wilderness, 299-328. 15. For a compendium of indigenous plant uses of the California flora, see Sandra S, Strike, Ethnobotany of the California Indians: Aboriginal Uses of California's Indigenous Plants (Champaign, Illinois: Koeltz Scientific Books, 1994), vol. 2; George R. Mead, The Ethnobotany of the California Indians: A Compendium of the Plants, Their Uses and Their Users (Greeley, Colorado: University of Northern Colorado Press, 1972).

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