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Melancholy

Jennifer Radden

in The Nature of Melancholy

Published in print April 2002 | ISBN: 9780195151657
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849253 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195151657.003.0010
Melancholy

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This chapter presents Timothie Bright's discussion of melancholy. Born midway through the 16th century in Cambridge, England, Bright wrote several medical works, the best remembered of which was his Treatise of Melancholy (1568), from which the following excerpts are taken. Bright divides melancholia the disease from the melancholy humor, and he distinguishes between instances of the melancholy humor that are natural and those that are unnatural. As a result of bodily heating of various kinds, the natural melancholy humor could become unnatural, and thus lead to melancholia the disease.

Keywords: Timothie Bright; Treatise of Melancholy; melancholy humor; melancholia

Chapter.  4872 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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