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June 5, 1909

Dante: Physician.

JAMA. 1909;LII(23):1854. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.02540490052018

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This little book is one of the latest, as it is one of the most analytically just appreciations of the great Florentine poet, and shows a wide range of research, not only into the literature, but into the history of the Dante epoch. The net result is to establish the fact that Dante was not only a politician, a poet and a learned theologian, but a physician who was fully abreast of the science of his times. The text of the Vita Nuova, the Convito and the Divine Comedy has been searched and made to yield a thousand or more intrinsic evidences of Dante's complete mastery of everything relating to medicine in the thirteenth century. Every student of Dante will be interested in this new marshaling of old facts which, by their new association, have come to have a new significance.

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