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Project: The Medical Blackwoodians and Medico-Literary Synergy in the Nineteenth-Century Periodical Press

The Medical Blackwoodians and Medico-Literary Synergy in the Nineteenth-Century Periodical Press

In the early nineteenth century, Edinburgh was the capital of medical education and research in Britain and also laid claim to a thriving periodical culture, which served as a significant medium for the dissemination and exchange of medical and literary ideas throughout Britain, the colonies, and beyond. The influence of medical culture on English Romantic writers is well-established, but the same has yet to explored in regard to a distinctive Scottish Romanticism. The innovative form and ideology of Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, the most influential literary periodical of Romantic-era Scotland, particularly enabled medico-literary synergy, and this project examines several contributors to Blackwood's who also practiced medicine or received medical training. These writers had wide-ranging careers, producing significant medical texts and also contributing to numerous other periodicals, such as the Quarterly Review, the Scots Magazine and Fraser's Magazine. Through a study of their role in making Blackwood's such an influential site of Romantic medico-literary production and the function of journalistic and imaginative writing in their broader medical practice, this project examines how the Scottish periodical press cross-fertilised medical and literary ideas in the nineteenth century.

 

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