This work examines health and sickness at the time of Shakespeare and, in particular, how Shakespeare portrayed this subject in his writings. It also touches upon the related themes of myth and lore and love and death and, more specifically, the medical opinions and beliefs that influenced the treatment of ill health in the early modern period.
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Correcting the Errors
Some Shakespearian Maladies
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