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The Major Works of John Cotta

<i>The Short Discovery</i> (1612) and <i>The Trial of Witchcraft</i> (1616)

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The Major Works of John Cotta by Todd H.J. Pettigrew

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This volume presents, for the first, time, a critical edition of the works of the early modern English physician John Cotta. No mere country doctor, Cotta spoke out eloquently and courageously against what he saw as abuses in medicine and injustices in the prosecution of witchcraft. Read by important thinkers like Robert Burton in England, and by colonial administrators in New England, Cotta helped shape two of the most important debates of his time. Included are the full texts of Cotta's Short Discovery and Trial of Witchcraft, both books painstakingly edited and annotated. Also included is a detailed introduction dealing with Cotta's medical and religious contexts, his extensive learning and much more.

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Todd H. J. Pettigrew, PhD (1998) University of Waterloo, is Associate Professor of English and Drama at Cape Breton University. He has pubished numerous articles on renaissance literature and culture and is the author of Shakespeare and the Practice of Physic (University of Delaware Press, 2007). Stephanie M. Pettigrew is a doctoral candidate in History at the University of New Brunswick. Jacques A. Bailly, PhD (1997) is Associate Professor of Classics at The University of Vermont. He is the author of The Socratic Theages: A Commentary (Verlag, 2004).
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