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November 1964

Shakespeare's Son-in-Law: John Hall, Man and Physician.

Arch Intern Med. 1964;114(5):702-703. doi:10.1001/archinte.1964.03860110172022
Abstract

I had planned to have Shakespeare largely represented in the journal about the time of his 400th birthday with book reviews and an essay. Back-lashes from editorial responsibilities kept coming in on me, and they were superimposed on what is sometimes thought to be another full-time job; then the inevitable attrition of secretaries who change annually, and the slowing down of an old drive. If this review gets published in the year 1964 it will be because the printers and publishers are doing better than editor and book review writers.

Shakespearian scholars are more aware than are physicians at large that Shakespeare's son-in-law, John Hall, was a physician. The significance of this fact and its implication in some of Shakespeare's later plays are called to our attention most clearly in Harriet Joseph's scholarly discourse on John Hall, Man and Physician who was in very fact Shakespeare's son-in-law.

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