Samuel Johnson in the Medical World: The Doctor and the Patient by John Wiltshire
Samuel Johnson in the Medical World: The Doctor and the Patient
Author: John Wiltshire
Title: Samuel Johnson in the Medical World: The Doctor and the Patient
ISBN10: 0521383269
ISBN13: 978-0521383264
Format: .PDF .EPUB .FB2
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Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1st UK Edition 1st Printing edition (January 25, 1991)
Language: English
Size pdf: 1819 kb
Size epub: 1681 kb
Rating: 4.7 ✪
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Category: Literature & Fiction
Subcategory: History & Criticism
Samuel Johnson has become known to posterity in two capacities: through his own works as the great literary essayist of the eighteenth century, and through Boswell's Life, as a man--notoriously a medical patient with a string of physical and psychological ailments. John Wiltshire brings the two together in this original study of Johnson the writer as "doctor" and patient. The subject of modern medical historians' case studies, Johnson also cultivated the acquaintance of doctors in his own day, and was himself a "dabbler in physic." Dr. Wiltshire illuminates Johnson's life and work by setting them in their medical context and also examines the importance of medical themes in Johnson's own writings. He discusses the many parts of Johnson's work touching on doctors, medicine, hospitals and medical experimentation, and analyzes the central theme, running throughout, of human suffering--in body and mind--and its alleviation.