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Romantic medicine and John Keats [electronic resource] /
Hermione de Almeida.
imprint
New York : Oxford University Press, 1991.
description
x, 418 p.
ISBN
0195063074 (Cloth)
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Book
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imprint
New York : Oxford University Press, 1991.
isbn
0195063074 (Cloth)
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Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
general note
Title from e-book title screen (viewed October 16, 2007).
catalogue key
7372347
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 377-402) and indexes.
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Appeared in Choice on 1991-04:
Two major purposes of this study are to increase our knowledge of Romantic medicine (1794-1829) and to use Keats's career as emblematic of the humanistic integration of poetry and medicine, "the two arts traditionally linked in the healing of life." It reverses the emphasis of D.C. Goellnicht's The Poet-Physician: Keats and Medical Science (1984), as the two titles suggest; De Almeida's concern is with the "physician-poet," and she gives Keats's work itself less of the focus than did Goellnicht. However, this is a richly detailed study of the world of London medicine in Keats's day, both theoretical and practical, informed by numerous primary sources such as lectures, journals, records, and shelf-lists; De Almeida has assimilated enough data to help the engaged student examine Keats's relationship with medicine and medicine's relationship with British (and European) culture circa 1815. Though probably difficult for undergraduates because of its scientific vocabulary and because it attempts to lace together various strands of a complex scientific and cultural milieu, this book will nevertheless prove an important resource for serious scholars at all levels. It contains a strong bibliography of primary and secondary material. -D. Garrison, Spalding University
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"A fantastic assemblage of new and important information. It is interesting in its own right, but also--and more to the point--is continuously relevant to our understanding of Keats and his contemporaries, the Romantic period more generally, and the history of medicine and science inEngland."--Jack Stillinger, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
"A fantastic assemblage of new and important information. It isinteresting in its own right, but also--and more to the point--is continuouslyrelevant to our understanding of Keats and his contemporaries, the Romanticperiod more generally, and the history of medicine and science inEngland."--Jack Stillinger, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
"An enterprise of this magnitude demands from its author exhaustive research, often involving obscure scientific treatises and philosophical manuscripts, and an encyclopedic vision of the transdisciplinary nature of the era. De Almeida meets this challenge admirably, providing us with a clearunderstanding of Romantic medicine and a host of new insights into Keats's thought."--Nineteenth-Century Literature
"An enterprise of this magnitude demands from its author exhaustiveresearch, often involving obscure scientific treatises and philosophicalmanuscripts, and an encyclopedic vision of the transdisciplinary nature of theera. De Almeida meets this challenge admirably, providing us with a clearunderstanding of Romantic medicine and a host of new insights into Keats'sthought."--Nineteenth-Century Literature
"An impressive and enlightening piece of work."--Studies in English Literature
"An impressive and enlightening piece of work."--Studies in EnglishLiterature
"A rich, detailed study....A book which qualifies as that all-too-rare phenomenon: a genuinely original contribution to Keats and Romantic studies....Provides a wealth of information and suggestive commentary that scholars and critics will be learning from and drawing on for years tocome."--Journal of English and Germanic Philology
"A rich, detailed study....A book which qualifies as that all-too-rarephenomenon: a genuinely original contribution to Keats and Romanticstudies....Provides a wealth of information and suggestive commentary thatscholars and critics will be learning from and drawing on for years tocome."--Journal of English and Germanic Philology
"A richly detailed study of the world of London medicine in Keats's day....An important resource for serious scholars at all levels."--Choice
"A richly detailed study of the world of London medicine in Keats'sday....An important resource for serious scholars at all levels."--Choice
"A significant contribution not only to Keats studies but to the intellectual history of the Romantic Period."--Keats-Shelley Journal
"A significant contribution not only to Keats studies but to theintellectual history of the Romantic Period."--Keats-Shelley Journal
"A valuable contribution to scholarship in medical, social, and intellectual history....A timely and provocative impetus to reflection."--Literature and Medicine
"A valuable contribution to scholarship in medical, social, andintellectual history....A timely and provocative impetus toreflection."--Literature and Medicine
"Highly original, colorful, obsessively industrious....It profoundly alters our perception of Keats's imaginative inspiration....De Almeida makes one think again about Romanticism and that is no mean feat. She has said something new about Keats, she has taken risks of interpretation, she hasminutely reconstructed not merely a scientific culture but a scientific emotion, a frame of mind we have almost lost."--New York Review of Books
"Highly original, colorful, obsessively industrious....It profoundlyalters our perception of Keats's imaginative inspiration....De Almeida makes onethink again about Romanticism and that is no mean feat. She has said somethingnew about Keats, she has taken risks of interpretation, she has minutelyreconstructed not merely a scientific culture but a scientific emotion, a frameof mind we have almost lost."--New York Review of Books
"Highly original, colorful, obsessively industrious....It profoundly alters our perception of Keats's imaginative inspiration....De Almeida makes one think again about Romanticism and that is no mean feat. She has said something new about Keats, she has taken risks of interpretation, she has minutely reconstructed not merely a scientific culture but a scientific emotion, a frame of mind we have almost lost."--New York Review of Books "A rich, detailed study....A book which qualifies as that all-too-rare phenomenon: a genuinely original contribution to Keats and Romantic studies....Provides a wealth of information and suggestive commentary that scholars and critics will be learning from and drawing on for years to come."--Journal of English and Germanic Philology "An impressive and enlightening piece of work."--Studies in English Literature "The argument and the ambitious research that supports it generate a multiplicity of new insights into the poetry....The book is a remarkable achievement....She has here made a major contribution to our understanding of Keats and the Romantic period."--The Romantic Movement "A significant contribution not only to Keats studies but to the intellectual history of the Romantic Period."--Keats-Shelley Journal
"Highly original, colorful, obsessively industrious....It profoundly alters our perception of Keats's imaginative inspiration....De Almeida makes one think again about Romanticism and that is no mean feat. She has said something new about Keats, she has taken risks of interpretation, she has minutely reconstructed not merely a scientific culture but a scientific emotion, a frame of mind we have almost lost."-- New York Review of Books "A rich, detailed study....A book which qualifies as that all-too-rare phenomenon: a genuinely original contribution to Keats and Romantic studies....Provides a wealth of information and suggestive commentary that scholars and critics will be learning from and drawing on for years to come."-- Journal of English and Germanic Philology "An impressive and enlightening piece of work."-- Studies in English Literature "The argument and the ambitious research that supports it generate a multiplicity of new insights into the poetry....The book is a remarkable achievement....She has here made a major contribution to our understanding of Keats and the Romantic period."-- The Romantic Movement "A significant contribution not only to Keats studies but to the intellectual history of the Romantic Period."-- Keats-Shelley Journal
"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....De Almeida has enriched our knowledge of Keats and the times inwhich he lived."--The Lancet
"It was a brilliant idea to make his poetry the centrepiece around whichthe author's scholarly exploration of romantic beliefs and attitudes could beorganised. This is a book to be studied, savoured, and used for reference....DeAlmeida has enriched our knowledge of Keats and the times in which helived."--The Lancet
"The argument and the ambitious research that supports it generate a multiplicity of new insights into the poetry....The book is a remarkable achievement....She has here made a major contribution to our understanding of Keats and the Romantic period."--The Romantic Movement
"The argument and the ambitious research that supports it generate amultiplicity of new insights into the poetry....The book is a remarkableachievement....She has here made a major contribution to our understanding ofKeats and the Romantic period."--The Romantic Movement
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Summaries
Long Description
John Keats was a licensed apothecary and general practitioner of medicine. This book addresses the four fundamental intellectual issues of Romantic medicine - the physician's task, the meaning of life, the constituents of health and prescriptions of disease, and evolution of matter and mind - as they find focus and expression in poetry and aesthetic theory. The book traces the genesis of these issues and shows the reason for their immediate relevance to the Romantic period as a whole. It identifies them as the primary philosophical counters of the artistic and scientific debates of the revolutionary period and discusses them and their ideologies in the context of the era's belief in the art of healing as the foremost humanistic discipline.
Long Description
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.
Main Description
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 primaryconcerns 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 thepoet'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.
Unpaid Annotation
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.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Reading Lifep. 3
Apollo's Poetp. 15
The London Medical Circlep. 22
Physicians True and Falsep. 34
Medical and Artistic Visionp. 43
Reading the Faces of Painp. 54
Lifep. 59
Naturphilosophie and John Brownp. 66
The Four Elementsp. 74
Hunter and the Life of Bloodp. 87
The Quarrel over Hunter's Principlep. 98
Polarity and Coleridgep. 111
The Grecian Urnp. 116
The Pharmacy of Diseasep. 135
The Pharmakonp. 146
Specific Pharmakap. 163
Antidotesp. 175
The Ambiguity of Snakesp. 182
Morbid Feversp. 197
Feverous Lovep. 203
Organic Perfectionp. 217
Glaucus's Cloakp. 224
English Evolutionp. 231
European Evolutionp. 240
Evolution of Mindp. 251
The Freaks of Imaginationp. 264
Saturn's Query of Forcep. 273
Apollo's Power of Life: Sympathetic Geniusp. 286
The Imagination of Lifep. 299
Reading Lifep. 312
Notesp. 323
Referencesp. 377
Index of Poems by Keatsp. 403
Index of Proper Namesp. 405
Index of Topicsp. 412
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