Silvia Pireddu, The landscape of the body: the language of medicine in Samuel Johnson s Dictionary, in Textus, Vol.I

Silvia Pireddu

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Abstract

This article explores the presence of words related to the body and medicine in Johnson’s Dictionary and proves that as to physick – actually the word medicine indicated remedies rather than the discipline – it was encyclopaedic but not prescriptive.It considers medicine from a cultural point of view rather than biographical in order to set the technicalities of the lexicon and the discipline into a broader intellectual perspective. It focuses exclusively on the Dictionary to discuss ideas about science and the need for order, recognition and classification which lexicography shares with it.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTextus
EditorsGIOVANNI IAMARTINO, Robert Jr DeMaria
Pages107-130
Number of pages24
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006

Keywords

  • Dictionary
  • Early modern
  • History of medicine
  • Johnson
  • Lexicography

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