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September 13, 2000

Dr CheyneObesity and Depression in the Enlightenment: The Life and Times of George Cheyne

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Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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JAMA. 2000;284(10):1305. doi:10.1001/jama.284.10.1305-JBK0913-4-1

This highly researched volume is a publication of the Oklahoma Project for Discourse and Theory, Series for Science and Culture. As expected from a book by an academic historian of science, its details will be most appreciated by other academics and students interested in a close inspection of the literature and medical theories and practice of the early 18th century as expounded by Dr George Cheyne (1671-1743). No, he was not the Cheyne of Cheyne-Stokes respiration; that's another 18th-century Scot. George Cheyne is not well known, but he "epitomizes the transition between premodern and modern culture" and was one of the most important physicians of his time.

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