Literature and Medicine in the Nineteenth-Century Periodical Press: Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, 1817-1858

The Medical Humanities Research Centre Glasgow is delighted to announce the publication of Megan Coyer’s new monograph, Literature and Medicine in the Nineteenth-Century Periodical Press | Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, 1817-1858. This text is the first major study of the relationship between Scottish Romanticism and medical culture

In the early nineteenth century, Edinburgh was the leading centre of medical education and research in Britain. It also laid claim to a thriving periodical culture. Literature and Medicine in the Nineteenth-Century Periodical Press investigates how Romantic periodicals cultivated innovative literary forms, ideologies and discourses that reflected and shaped medical culture in the nineteenth century. It examines several medically-trained contributors to Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, the most influential literary periodical of the time, and draws upon extensive archival and bibliographical research to reclaim these previously neglected medico-literary figures. Situating their work in relation to developments in medical and periodical culture, Megan Coyer’s book advances our understanding of how the nineteenth-century periodical press cross-fertilised medical and literary ideas.

‘This excellent book traces the emergence of medical humanism in the early nineteenth-century Scottish popular press. It is a model of scholarship, bringing into view a body of popular medical writing, distinctive in its Scottish identity and in its insistence that the oppositions of literature and science can be countered.’ – Sharon Ruston, Chair in Romanticism, Lancaster University

Hb 9781474405607 | £70.00

December 2016 | 256 pages

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A free open access version will also shortly be available for download via the EUP webpage and European PubMed Central. 

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