By Hermione de Almeida
Utilizing unique study in medical treatises, philosophical manuscripts, and political files, this pioneering examine describes the missed period of innovative drugs in Europe in the course of the writings of the English poet and surgeon, John Keats. De Almeida explores the 4 basic issues of Romantic medicine--the physician's activity, the that means of existence, the prescription of sickness and healthiness, and the evolution of subject and mind--and unearths their expression in Keats's poetry and suggestion. via delineating a special yet unknown period within the historical past of drugs, charting the poet's milieu inside of this age, and supplying shut examining of his poems in those contexts, Romantic drugs and John Keats illustrates the interdisciplinary bonds among the 2 therapeutic arts of the Romantic interval: medication and poetry.
"Highly unique, colourful, obsessively industrious....It profoundly alters our belief of Keats's resourceful inspiration....De Almeida makes one reassess approximately Romanticism and that's no suggest feat. She has stated whatever new approximately Keats, she has taken dangers of interpretation, she has minutely reconstructed no longer only a systematic tradition yet a systematic emotion, a mind set we've virtually lost."--New York assessment of Books
"A wealthy, distinct study....A ebook which qualifies as that all-too-rare phenomenon: a certainly unique contribution to Keats and Romantic studies....Provides a wealth of data and suggestive statement that students and critics can be studying from and drawing on for years to come."--Journal of English and Germanic Philology
"An outstanding and enlightening piece of work."--Studies in English Literature
"The argument and the bold examine that helps it generate a multiplicity of latest insights into the poetry....The publication is a impressive achievement....She has the following made a massive contribution to our figuring out of Keats and the Romantic period."--The Romantic Movement
"A major contribution not just to Keats reviews yet to the highbrow historical past of the Romantic Period."--Keats-Shelley magazine
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Orfila. William Babington not only had connections to Romantic physicians and scientists like Joseph Priestley Humphry Davy, and Robert John Thornton (the second was a close friend who dedicated his book on fly-fishing to Babington, the third was a well-known botanist from Guy's with links to Erasmus Darwin and the Lunar Society) but was also the founder and first president of the London Geological Society and so associated with geologists 32 Apollo's Poet like lames Hutton and John Playfair. 30 Alexander Marcet, an experimental chemist of considerable renown in England and Europe, was cofounder of the Medico-Chirurigical Society and along with John Abernethy, Mathew Baiilie (the son of Dorothea Hunter, John's sister), and Astley Cooper, an influential trustee of the society.
The concept of the hospital as a teaching institution and laboratory of medicine found root in the very practice of British medicine; it flourished during the eighteenth century in the infirmaries for the poor and the charity hospitals for the critically ill in metropolises like London and Edinburgh until these became advanced models for the clinics and medical schools that were to be established in France and Europe during the Revolutionary period. When Felix Vicq d'Azyr wrote his Plan de constitution pour la medicine en France, which became the charter for the Paris School, he described the English teaching hospitals as specific models for future French institutions of medicine and surgery: "The teaching project exposed herein can only be carried out within the hospitals for it is with the eyes rather than the ears that students must learn in this area of study" 15 Amid the desperate illnesses of their country's poor, the would-be physicians of England's general populace learned, first, to know disease by sight; they counted, without the benefits of bacteriology, the multiplicity of disease through the panorama of its suffering; they witnessed the visible treatments and failures of medicine and surgery; and they learned to read the prognosis of disease and life itself through the visual comparison of symptoms known by experience and signs intuited through foresight.
Those who would swear allegiance to Apollo must read the signs of the disease they would treat from within with an illumination or interpretive vision that combines diagnosis with prognosis, and prior knowledge of present disease with impending prophecy of the end of future disease. All this bears distinct relevance to the Romantic physician schooled by the clinical semiotics of the late eighteenth century to read the invisible signs of specific disease lurking beneath the visible symptoms of general ill health.