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June 1966

"What a Piece of Work Is Man"

Author Affiliations

Calgary Associate Clinic Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Arch Intern Med. 1966;117(6):830-835. doi:10.1001/archinte.1966.03870120094019

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Man has been construed in many terms-anatomical, physiological, psychological, and in accents that range from the metaphysical to the material and satiric.

Here is a baroque approach which may be seasoned with the mocking irony of a generation that in some quarters has reduced the life of man to "the absurd." It concerns that portion of man's body above the shoulders—the feature by which we recognize others of our kind. Call it, if you like, a little essay in topographical anatomy.

Hair  Of the Heire of the head... I doo note foure utilities why it was ordeyned: the fyrst is, that it defendeth the Brayne from too muche heate, and too muche colde, and many other outwarde noyances: The seconde is, it maketh the forme or shape of the head to seeme more seemelyer or beautyfuller. For if the head were not heyred, the face and the heade should seeme