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The author of The Canterbury Tales Geoffrey Chaucer was thought to be born in 1343 His father was a merchant and Chaucer had many occupations such as a soldier and a diplomat His true calling though was as an author During his services as an English soldier he was captured and held for a ransom of sixteen pounds A few years later he married one of the queens servants named Philippa Pan Chaucer did not write the Canterbury Tales until the end of his life therefore he only finished twenty-four of the projected one hundred twenty-four tales Literature Chaucer gave an in depth description of the physician A physician too emerged as we proceeded No one alive could talk as well as he did On points of medicine and of surgery For being grounded in astronomy He watched his patients favorable star And by his Natural Magic knew The lucky hours and planetary degrees For making charms and magic effigies The cause of every malady youd got He knew and whether dry cold moist or hot He knew their seat their humor and condition He was a perfect practicing physician These causes being known for what they were He gave the man his medicine then and there All his apothecaries in a tribe Were ready with the drugs he would prescribe And each made money from the other guile They had been friendly for a goodish while In his own diet he observed some measure There were no superfluities for pleasure Only digestives nutritives and such He did not read the Bible very much In blood-red garments slashed with bluish-grey And lined with taffeta he rode his way Yet he was rather close as to expenses And kept the gold he won in pestilences Gold stimulates the heart or so we are told He therefore had a special love of gold Chaucer 99-101 The Physician is a complex character He was very good at his
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