Archibald Pitcairne, The Latin Poems

edd. J. MacQueen and W. MacQueen, 2009

The Latin verse of the Scottish physician and surgeon Archibald Pitcairne (1652-1713) was once well-known for its quality and for its support of the exiled British royal family of Stuart. Almost paradoxically, it also reflects the new world of Newtonian science.

All his poetry is occasional, with a distinctive, often sardonic, turn of phrase. Selections were published in the eighteenth century, one afterwards included as an appendix to his collected medical writings.

This is the first complete, critical edition and includes some recent discoveries. The editors have used all surviving texts, MS and printed.

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