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The Nature of MelancholyFrom Aristotle to Kristeva$
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Jennifer Radden

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780195151657

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195151657.001.0001

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(p.119) 9 Melancholy
The Nature of Melancholy

Jennifer Radden

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents Timothie Bright's discussion of melancholy. Born midway through the 16th century in Cambridge, England, Bright wrote several medical works, the best remembered of which was his Treatise of Melancholy (1568), from which the following excerpts are taken. Bright divides melancholia the disease from the melancholy humor, and he distinguishes between instances of the melancholy humor that are natural and those that are unnatural. As a result of bodily heating of various kinds, the natural melancholy humor could become unnatural, and thus lead to melancholia the disease.

Keywords:   Timothie Bright, Treatise of Melancholy, melancholy humor, melancholia

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