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September 15, 1888

Early English Text Society. A Dialogue AGAINST THE FEVER PESTILENCE.

JAMA. 1888;XI(11):394-395. doi:10.1001/jama.1888.02400630034013

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This work was written just after the great Plague of 1563, and is edited by two namesakes of Dr. Bullein. This dialogue seemed to have dropped out of notice after 1596; in this year Nashe mentions it in his "Address to all Christian Readers," in which he writes: "Memorandum, I frame my whole Booke in the nature of a Dialogue, much like Bullen and his Doctor Tocrub." This "Tocrub" was anagrammatic for Dr. Burcot, an expert in metals and minerals, and whose name appears in the State papers of the time. The editors are preparing some notes on the Dialogue, which, with a biographical and critical memoir of Dr. William Bullein, and copious extracts from his remaining works, will form a separate part. Lovers of the old and curious in medicine will find much in this Dialogue to interest them.

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