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 The anatomy of melancholy
(1,467 words)


Robert Burton

Date: Six versions between 1621 and 1651

Original Language: English


The anatomy is primarily a response to a medical condition (its full title is The anatomy of melancholy; what it is, with all the kinds, causes, symptoms, prognostics, and several cures of it, in three partitions, with their several sections, members, and subsections philosophically, medicinally, historically opened and cut up), whether understood as a philanthropic attempt to alleviate a ‘…

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Squires, Jeffrey, “ The anatomy of melancholy”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 1500 - 1900, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 14 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2015

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