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[Perspectives] The medical imagination

In its early years, The Lancet published articles about the work of famous poets Robert Southey, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and Lord Byron, alongside medical reports. The 1823 Editor’s preface proposed that: “our Columns will not be restricted to Medical intelligence, but on the contrary we shall be indefatigable in our exertions to render ‘The Lancet’ a complete Chronicle of current Literature.” Nowadays Romantic poetry belongs to the realm of literature, and imagination is not a familiar word in medical publications.

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