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July 1960

Shakespeare and Medicine.

Arch Intern Med. 1960;106(1):153-154. doi:10.1001/archinte.1960.03820010155026

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Once I had the temerity to give a talk on "Shakespeare and Medicine" to a group of women, members of an ancient club which over the decades had devoted itself to the study of Shakespeare. I had on hand a good many quotations I had picked up here and there. With a little additional reading of some of the more medical scenes and plays, I rounded out an hour's talk. In fact, I was overburdened with riches. I have several books and papers dealing with Shakespeare and medicine, though none is as elaborate or comprehensive as Simpson's remarkably full and annotated volume. No doubt it will be a definitive source book for Shakespeare and medicine even though someone else may do it all over again in his own way.

In his introduction Simpson says that in E. K. Chambers' extensive bibliography of authoritative books on Shakespeare only one of the

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