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Warren, Samuel.

PASSAGES FROM THE DIARY OF A LATE PHYSICIAN.

First and Second Series. Paris, ... A and W. Calignani and Co. 1838.
2 vols. vi + [i] + 397pp. + [vi] + 402pp. Foxed, with the signature of W. Cook to front f.e.ps., contemporary leather backed marbled boards, gilt tooling and gilt lettered labels to rubbed spines. ‘Warren here supposedly presents the papers of a late friend, detailing the interesting cases he had encountered as a physician. In fact, the "cases" are sensational short stories, presented as a novel due to the framing chapter introducing the narrator's "Early Struggles" to make a living as a physician. Other stories investigate typically Gothic themes like ghosts, duels, graverobbing, elopements, and broken hearts, with other scandalous problems like gambling, dissipation, murder, domestic abuse, and suicide. Medical topics include mental illness, epilepsy, hysterical paralysis ("catalepsy"), cancer, toothache, consumption, syphilis, heart disease, alcoholism, disease of the spine, gout, amaurosis (blindness), puerperal hemorrhage, measles, and stroke ("apoplexy").’ Literature Arts Medicine Database.
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