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Who is the doctor in The Canterbury Tales and what does he do?

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chuckie4424 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 1, 2007 at 2:19 AM via web

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Who is the doctor in The Canterbury Tales and what does he do?

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted October 2, 2007 at 3:00 AM (Answer #2)

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The doctor also diagnoses people by their horoscopes (aren't you glad our doctors today go by more definitive means?).  Once diagnosed, he sends them to the pharmacist with whom he is in cahoots...in other words, they have it worked out where they both make lots of money.  Very dishonest.

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arjun | College Teacher | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted December 19, 2007 at 3:27 PM (Answer #3)

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Here the doctor is very strange.He is one sided expert.There was no one  who knew about the medicine.He knew astrology and something of nature and could utter the suitable humour to make laugh the patients.He could quote all the medicine authorities,but had little knowledge of Bible.He had apparently made  a lot of money during the plague,but it does not seem to spend it very readily.Since he prescribes gold for cures,he has a special love for this metal.

for gold in physik is a cordial

Therefore he  lovede gold in special. 

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lewismct | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted July 16, 2008 at 5:43 AM (Answer #5)

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The doctor of physic was grounded in astronomy, (astrology), rather than surgery and medicine; in fact, he taught his patients by using white magic.  The doctor thought the cause of illness was related to the humors "hot or cold or moist or dry".  He was not a spiritual person as "his study was but little on the Bible", and he was more interested in gold.  "He kept what he won" during the plague.  Gold could be used in medicine at the time, but, the doctor was more interested in gold's monetary worth, "for gold in physic is a cordial/Therefore he loved gold in special."

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tammy17 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 18, 2009 at 2:14 AM (Answer #6)

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the doctor in the canterbury tales is a pervert because he wants to take this girl away from her family so he can grab and rape her.

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randy23 | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted November 1, 2011 at 5:25 AM (Answer #7)

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