Medical Writing Criticism: Enlightenment - Essay

Criticism: Enlightenment

(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))

SOURCE: “Honeyed Words: Bernard Mandeville and Medical Discourse,” in Medicine in the Enlightenment, edited by Roy Porter, Atlanta, GA: Rodopi, 1995, pp. 223-54.

[In the following essay, McKee discusses the language, discourse, and medical knowledge in Bernard Mandeville's 1711 work A Treatise of the Hypochondriack and Hysterick Passions.]

In 1711 Bernard Mandeville published the first edition of one of his best known works, A Treatise of the Hypochondriack and Hysterick Passions. The book aims to teach patients suffering from hypochondria how to question medical rhetoric and it is woven together from a combination of a wide variety of disparate...

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