Herbert Mayo, Anatomical and physiological commentaries, with an introduction by Paul F. Cranefield, Metuchen, N. J., Scarecrow Press, 1975, (The History of Medicine Series, published under the auspices of the Library of the New York Academy of Medicine, No. 45), 8vo, pp. xiv, 120, 141, illus., $12.00

1977 Medical history  
Book Reviews his illness, and, in general, it synthesizes his ideas on metaphysics and literature, medicine and cosmology, and, having recently faced death, the relationship of man to God. It is also autobiographical, and Donne uses his encounter with illness to ponder on the significance of his life as a whole. The Devotions appears here (pp. 3-127) with textual apparatus and full commentary (pp. , preceded by an 'Introduction', in which the editor discusses the possible nature of Donne's
more » ... ss, his religion and metaphysics, and the bibliographical details of the book. Each of the twenty-three sections is divided into 'Meditation', 'Expostulation' and 'Prayer'. Professor Raspa, who has a chair of English atUniversite du Quebec a Chicoutimi, has produced a scholarly work which contains many references to early seventeenth-century medicine. It will be of great value therefore to historians of medicine who are concerned with the renaissance, and as an outstanding source it can be thoroughly recommended.
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