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December 12, 1896


JAMA. 1896;XXVII(24):1252-1253. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02431020034006

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The editorial remarks in the Chicago Sunday Tribune, December 6, and the Chicago Chronicle of the same date, concerning the Shakespearean account of the death of Falstaff, and the various suggestions for emendations of the text therein quoted prompt us to remark that the description of the death scene is clearly taken from Hippocrates' " Prognostics," and that the " facies Hippocratica" is well described. Adams' translation of the passage is: "A sharp nose, hollow eyes, collapsed temples; the ears cold, contracted and their lobes turned out; the skin about the forehead being rough, distended and parched," (Prognostics, ¶ 2), and again: "When.... the hands are waved before the face, hunting through empty space as if gathering bits of straw, picking the nap from the coverlet, or tearing the chaff from the wall, all such symptoms are bad and deadly," ibid., ¶ 4. " It is a bad symptom when the head, hands

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