For six years of his brief like, Keats studied medicine, first as an apprentice in Edmonton and then as a medical student at Guy’s Hospital in London. His biographers have generally glossed over this period of his life, and critics have ignored it and denied the influence of medical training on his poetry and thought.
In this challenging reappraisal, Goellnicht argues that Keats’ writings reveal a distinct influence of science and medicine. Goellnicht researches Keats’ course work and texts to reconstruct the milieu of the early nineteenth-century medical student. He then explores the scientific resonances in Keats’’ individual works, and convincingly shows the influence of his early medical training.
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Donald C. Goellnicht is professor of English and Cultural Studies and associate dean of the School of Graduate Studies at McMaster University.Review:
“Donald Goellnicht has written a detailed account of Keats’s medical training. . . .He makes expert use of the medical knowledge of the time and also of the particular views of the doctors whose lectures Keats attended. Then in four well-argued chapters he discusses the poet’s knowledge of chemistry, botany, anatomy, and pathology, and how this knowledge coloured the phraseology of his poems and letters. . . . This is an admirable work of scholarship, which is bound to affect all serious criticism of Keats’s work.”
—Modern Language Review
“Professor Goellnicht’s book stands at the forefront of that quiet but persistent tradition of scholarship devoted to Keats’s medical training and its influence on his writings. . . . The Poet-Physician is the most comprehensive with regard to both the exploration of primary sources in Keats’s medical education and the application of that material to the language and conception of the poetry. . . .Goellnicht’s abundant evidence ought to stimulate, perhaps with the help of Foucault’s work on medicine and political and social control, a serious exploration in all of his poetry of Keats’s assertion that a poet is a physician to all men.”
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Descrizione libro University of Pittsburgh Press, Pittsburgh, 1984. Octavo; G+/no-DJ; Light purple/lavender spine with gilded text; Spine is sunned and has "Keats" written in black ink in small capital letters at top, left edge of front cover also sunned, boards are straight and strong, boards have some light rubbing and some faint foxing/small, faint spots (a few near top of front cover, most are on top and right side of back cover), pastedowns very lightly age toned, book's binding is strong; Textblock has foxing on head edge, interior clean; 291 pp. Rockville. Codice libro della libreria 7-106-1274784
Descrizione libro University of Pittsburgh Press, Chicago, 1984. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Good. No Jacket. Hardcover. Purple cloth boards with gold lettering on front and spine. 291 pages. No date on title page. Copyright page dated 1984. This copy is in good condition. Boards are sunned. Shadow of a sticker at bottom right of front board. Binding is square and tight. Pages are clean and unmarked. Overall a nice copy. Codice libro della libreria Fred7-2041
Descrizione libro Univ of Pittsburgh Pr (Txt), 1984. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Acceptable. Mark on front cover from pricing sticker. Open Books is a nonprofit social venture that provides literacy experiences for thousands of readers each year through inspiring programs and creative capitalization of books. Codice libro della libreria mon0000161049