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May 1964

The Case History of Man: Some Excerpts From the Notebooks of a Master Clinician

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Calgary Associate Clinic Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Arch Intern Med. 1964;113(5):769-775. doi:10.1001/archinte.1964.00280110149027

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"Out of Zebulun they that handle the pen of the writer" (Judges V, 14)

Gleanings From the Commonplace Book of a Medical Reader

During the course of this year we have been celebrating the 400th anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare who, according to tradition, was born at Stratford-upon-Avon, the Warwickshire market-town, on April 23, 1564. These celebrations have involved most of the world, for they commemorate the birth of a genius who belongs not merely to Britain but to humanity. It is fitting, therefore, that some mention of the occasion should be made in the pages of a journal of medicine.

Leslie Stephen once wrote that there ought to be a rule "that no one should write about Shakespeare without a special license." "Only heaven-born critics or thorough antiquaries alone," he adds, "should add to the pile under which his 'honored bones' are but too effectively hidden." We

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