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Medicina y Seguridad del Trabajo

On-line version ISSN 1989-7790Print version ISSN 0465-546X


GARCIA MARTIN, Pedro. Don Juan Huarte de San Juan: The doctor who antocipated Don Quixote´s Melancholy. Med. segur. trab. [online]. 2009, vol.55, n.214, pp.119-131. ISSN 1989-7790.

Cervantes learned about Don Quixote's derangement through Juan Huarte de San Juan's famous treatise Examen de ingenios, where he deployed the humoral theory to explain human body and character. In this article Huarte's biography will be summarized, analyzing the academic background of golden age Spanish doctors, and the impact of Examen in Early Modern Europe and in Cervante's work by examining Don Quixote's melancholy and Licenciado Vidriera's madness. Finally, I will show how the internationally famous Spanish doctor's thesis was used in literature.

Keywords : Early Modern History; History of Medicine; Famous Doctors; The Quixote; Juan Huarte de San Juan.

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