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Dracula for doctors : medical facts and Gothic fantasies

Author: Fiona Subotsky
Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2020.
Series: Cambridge medicine (Series)
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : No Linguistic Content
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Exploring how medicine and psychiatry are portrayed in gothic literature, this engaging book illustrates how Stoker's famous work was influenced by nineteenth-century attitudes to disease and medicine and reveals many previously unknown links. Extracts from many sensational stories of the time are presented, and the role of doctors and their appearance and contribution to gothic fiction is investigated. The book  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Bram Stoker; Bram Stoker; Dracula, Count (Fictitious character); Dracula, Count (Fictitious character); Bram Stoker
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Fiona Subotsky
ISBN: 9781911623281 1911623281
OCLC Number: 1127288801
Description: 1 online resource (ix, 186 pages).
Contents: Body and mind --
Medico-gothic --
Stoker medical circles --
Asylum doctors --
The gothic asylum --
Renfield, the pet lunatic --
The other patients --
Diagnosing Dracula --
Dread, disease and the asylum --
Occult blood --
Holes in the skull --
Dead, alive or undead --
Therapeutic armamentarium --
Compelling eyes --
Beastliness --
Vivisection or animal torture? --
Demons and doctors --
Scientists and the supernatural --
And Dracula for dentists --
Sex and death.
Series Title: Cambridge medicine (Series)
Responsibility: Fiona Subotsky.

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Exploring how medicine and psychiatry are portrayed in gothic literature, this engaging book illustrates how Stoker's famous work was influenced by nineteenth-century attitudes to disease and medicine and reveals many previously unknown links. Extracts from many sensational stories of the time are presented, and the role of doctors and their appearance and contribution to gothic fiction is investigated. The book covers topics such as asylums, their purpose, practice and patients, deadly diseases echoing the symptoms of vampirism, and the otherworldly allure of the undead. Dracula for Doctors is an entertaining and informative examination of how Victorian medical knowledge and culture informed Stoker's gothic masterpiece. This book suggests that Stoker, who had many medical connections, was able to link lurid stories of operations and asylums with fictional horror and suspense. Fans of gothic literature, as well as those of medical history and the supernatural, will find this an enjoyable read.

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