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January 25, 1908

Medical and Surgical Knowledge of William Shakespeare.

JAMA. 1908;L(4):302-303. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02530300054026

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Abstract

No one individual's works have been studied as have those of Shakespeare, or have been analyzed as to their bearing on such a variety of human interests. Medicine, law and theology; science, art and literature, all find their place in his works. Dr. Wainwright has been delving for that which refers to medicine and this monograph contains the result of his delving. The author does not claim to have appropriated all that Shakespeare wrote on medical subjects, but he has certainly gotten together a large and varied assortment of interesting quotations. The selections are grouped under the headings: Medicine, Surgery, Mental and Nervous Diseases, Obstetrics, Therapeutics, Anatomy, Physiology, Hygiene and Dietetics, Ethics and Medical Jurisprudence. Running comments add interest and aid in bringing out points or ideas that a cursory reading might fail to catch. Medical men who are lovers of Shakespeare—and there are few who are not—will find in

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