Romantic Medicine and John Keats

Romantic Medicine and John Keats

by Hermione B. De Almeida, Hermione De Almeida
     
 

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

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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.

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ISBN-13:
9780195063073
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
11/28/1990
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.56(h) x 1.32(d)
Lexile:
1680L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Reading Life3
Part IApollo's Poet15
1The London Medical Circle22
2Physicians True and False34
3Medical and Artistic Vision43
4Reading the Faces of Pain54
Part IILife59
5Naturphilosophie and John Brown66
6The Four Elements74
7Hunter and the Life of Blood87
8The Quarrel over Hunter's Principle98
9Polarity and Coleridge111
10The Grecian Urn116
Part IIIThe Pharmacy of Disease135
11The Pharmakon146
12Specific Pharmaka163
13Antidotes175
14The Ambiguity of Snakes182
15Morbid Fevers197
16Feverous Love203
Part IVOrganic Perfection217
17Glaucus's Cloak224
18English Evolution231
19European Evolution240
20Evolution of Mind251
21The Freaks of Imagination264
22Saturn's Query of Force273
23Apollo's Power of Life: Sympathetic Genius286
24The Imagination of Life299
25Reading Life312
Notes323
References377
Index of Poems by Keats403
Index of Proper Names405
Index of Topics412

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