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Book 1, The Anatomy of Melancholy : Chapter 1, The Introductory Material

* Robert Burton claims that he intends to further the ideas of Democritus on melancholy.

* Burton wants his work to apply more to the modern era.

* Burton explains the significance of Democritus.

* The book is meant to discuss the conditions of melancholy and the treatment.

* Burton discusses the various degrees and debilitations of melancholy.

Book 1, The First Partition : Chapter 2, Melancholia

* Burton discusses the role ego plays in melancholy.

* Burton explains the steps for treatment of any kind of melancholy are recognizing the problem, identifying the cause, and attempting to solve.

* Chapter 2 relies on a 6-page chart and diagram which outlines the causes and symptoms of melancholy.

* Burton categorizes types of melancholy based on their symptoms: some are physical ailments while others are their actions.

* Burton explains that natural and supernatural causes are the primary origins of melancholy.

* Burton discusses inner...

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