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By RAYMOND CRAWFURD

M.A., M.D. Oxon., F.R.C.P.
FELLOW OF KING'S COLLEGE, LONDON

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HENRY FROWDE, M.A. PUBLISHER TO THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD LONDON, EDINBURGH, NEW YORK

TORONTO AND MELBOURNE

L 295 C 8 9 1911

PREFACE

This volume presents, in ampler form, the substance of my Fitzpatrick lectures at the Royal College of Physicians in 1911. In view of the intimate association of the Ceremonial of Healing with the French Coronation ritual and with the English Sovereignty, the subject seemed to me to be peculiarly appropriate to the year. It has been my endeavour to make the subject a living part of the general history of England: to isolate medical history from general history is, in my opinion, to sterilize it. In breaking fresh ground, I have felt it desirable frequently to quote authorities verbatim. Medical history is becoming a subject of keen study in many countries, and this method of full quotation does something, at any rate, to diminish the difficulty of access to original authorities, that every foreigner experiences. The bibliography is arranged, as far as is practicable, in the chronological sequence of the matters under discussion. Bibliographies are apt to be more valuable for what they do not say than for what they do, and I therefore take this opportunity of saying, that I have searched nearly all the early Chronicles, many State Papers, many Manuscripts, illuminated and other, and many other sources, and have found nothing to add. The historian who leaves no bibliography behind him should

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