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What is the description of the doctor?

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emilysabrina | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 4, 2011 at 4:26 AM via web

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What is the description of the doctor?

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pirateteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted September 4, 2011 at 7:07 AM (Answer #1)

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The doctor, or physician, in the Canterbury Tales is listed as the finest doctor; however, the details our narrator gives us leads the reader to question ability.  Instead of having a medical knowledge, he focuses on the patient's astrological sign.  And, once he uses it to diagnose what ails you he sends you to the pharmacist (who he just happened to have an arrangement with).  Chaucer, the narrator, points out that the doctor's love of gold and money, for financial reasons not to help his patients, suggests that he is not a man of spiritual means.

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