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John Keats and tuberculosis


The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal: May 2001 - Volume 20 - Issue 5 - p 535-540
Literature And Medicine

John Keats was trained as an apothecary, the general practitioner of the day. Precocious in his sensibilities and fluent in his imagery, he also was the model of the romantic poet. That he was a physician and a poet makes his early death from tuberculosis poignant and revealing. This history traces his life and death against the backdrop of medicine at the turn of the 19th century.

From the Department of Pediatrics, Lovelace Medical Center, and the Department of Pediatrics, University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Albuquerque, NM.

Accepted for publication Dec. 27, 2000.

Reprints not available.

© 2001 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.