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Literature and medicine, Medicine--History, Phrenology in literature


English Language and Literature


"Poe translates medical descriptions into Gothic apparatus and establishes a double motif, for the narrator in telling us about these symptoms seems to ascribe them to mind and imagination even while noting the physicality of his surroundings with almost clinical detail." -- p. 147


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Sloane, David E. “Usher’s Nervous Fever: The Meaning of Medicine in Poe’s ‘The Fall of the House of Usher’,” Poe and His Times: The Artist and His Milieu, Baltimore: The Edgar Allan Poe Society, 1990, pp. 146-153.