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Using original research in scientific treatises, philosophical manuscripts, and political documents, this pioneering study describes the neglected era of revolutionary medicine in Europe through the writings of the English poet and physician, John Keats. De Almeida explores the four primary concerns of Romantic medicine--the physician's task, the meaning of life, the prescription of disease and health, and the evolution of matter and mind--and reveals their expression in Keats's poetry and thought. By delineating a distinct but unknown era in the history of medicine, charting the poet's milieu within this age, and providing close reading of his poems in these contexts, Romantic Medicine and John Keats illustrates the interdisciplinary bonds between the two healing arts of the Romantic period: medicine and poetry.show more

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  • Hardback | 428 pages
  • 165.9 x 244.1 x 33.5mm | 831.07g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195063074
  • 9780195063073
  • 1,670,545

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Romantic medicine engendered biology, clinical medicine, zoology, and evolution theory. Using original research in scientific treatises, philosophical manuscripts, and political documents, this encyclopedic study describes the neglected era of revolutionary medicine in Europe.show more

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'de Almeida shows how necessary it is to enter into the Romantic spirit with its speculative insights, imaginative leaps and intuition ... She identifies the chief concerns of Romantic medicine as the physician's task, the meaning of life, the definition of health and disease and the evolution of matter and mind. Her study of the expression of these in Keats' poetry is remarkable for its scholarship, close reading of the poems and a wealth of references linking medicine with other ideas and with literature ... de Almeida has made a major contridution to the study of Keats' poetry ... the book makes fascinating reading ... It will be of interest to scholars of Romantic poetry and social historians of the early nineteenth century.' Noel G. Coley, Open University, Social History of Medicine, Vol. 5, No. 3, December 1992 `It was a brilliant idea to make his poetry the centrepiece around which the author's scholarly exploration of romantic beliefs and attitudes could be organised. This is a book to be studied, savoured, and used for reference; the period covered has been neglected by medical historians. Hermione de Almeida has enriched our knowledge of Keats and of the times in which he lived.' The Lancet `This is an exciting book in which the author tries to relate Keats' poetry to his experience as a medical student and practitioner. The result is very interesting, casting new light on Romantic medicine and the sciences associated with it. ...It is hoped that readers of this book will be made aware of the deep metaphorical context of the science of the time - a crucial one in the appearance of modern, specialized and professional science - and also of the way scientific ideas were involved in imaginative literature. It deserves to be widely read.' Meta Scienceshow more

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