Hardy The Physician: Medical Aspects of the Wessex Tradition

Hardcover | August 15, 2008

byTony Fincham

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Was Thomas Hardy clinically depressed or just syphilitic? Was Egdon Heath imbued with melancholic vapours? And does this explain why many of his characters suffered from depression, took their own lives or developed homicidal tendencies? This book by a rural GP explores these and many other medical issues in Hardy's life and works.

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Was Thomas Hardy clinically depressed or just syphilitic? Was Egdon Heath imbued with melancholic vapours? And does this explain why many of his characters suffered from depression, took their own lives or developed homicidal tendencies? This book by a rural GP explores these and many other medical issues in Hardy's life and works.

TONY FINCHAM has been a General Practitioner in rural West Kent for nearly 30 years. He has had a life-long passion for Thomas Hardy and is a Council Member of the Thomas Hardy Society, taking after his grandfather who was a founder member. He is dually qualified, having completed a PhD on medical aspects of Hardy's life and works.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 8.75 × 5.57 × 0.82 inPublished:August 15, 2008Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230203175

ISBN - 13:9780230203174

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Introduction
Obstextrics
Hardyan Illness
Endgames
General Practice
Psychosomatic Illness &--Death
The Fitzpierston Syndrome
The Mind Diseased
Afterwords
Glossary
Bibliography
Index