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Author Fincham, Tony, 1952-
Title Hardy the physician [electronic resource] : medical aspects of theWessex tradition / Tony Fincham
Imprint Basingstoke, Hampshire, [England] ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2008
book jacket
Descript xii, 266 p. : ill
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 253-257) and index
Obsextrics -- Hardyan illness -- Endgames -- General practice -- Psychosomatic illness and death -- The Fitzpierston Syndrome -- The mind diseased -- Afterword
Electronic reproduction. Basingstoke, England : Palgrave Macmillan, 2009. Mode of access:World Wide Web. System requirements: Web browser. Title from title screen (viewed on Mar. 3, 2009). Access may berestricted to users at subscribing institutions
Hardy the Physician offers a medical interpretation of Thomas Hardy's life and works, using all available sources to explore his understanding of the human condition, both physical and psychological, in sickness and in health. The book contains a detailed investigation of Hardy and his two wives' personal experience of illness, focusing particularly on Emma Hardy's mental health. Parallel to this is an in-depth examination of the medical experiences of Hardy's fictional characters and thelife and loves of his own General Practitioner, Edred Fitzpiers. The text foregrounds Hardy's keen sensitivity to the psychosomatic - he was indeed 'a Freudian before Freud' - but also shows how, as the 'man who used to notice things', he displays a shrewd understanding of physical illness, well inadvance of his time. Hardy the Physician demonstrates how Hardy's invariably holistic approach illustrates the limitations of scientific medicine - how medicine, by adopting a wholly scientific route, has in many ways thrown out the baby with the bathwater
Palgrave
Link Original 9780230203174 0230203175 (DLC) 2008015907 (OCoLC)221665802
Subject Hardy, Thomas, 1840-1928
Medicine in Literature -- England
Disease -- psychology -- England
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice -- England
History, 19th Century -- England
Physicians -- history -- England
Psychophysiologic Disorders -- psychology -- England
Women's Health -- history -- England
Hardy, Thomas, 1840-1928 -- Knowledge -- Medicine
Literature and medicine
Physicians in literature
Diseases in literature
Medicine in literature
Wessex (England) -- In literature
Electronic books. local
Alt Author Palgrave Connect (Online service)
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