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August 1989

The Neurology in Shakespeare

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Neurology, Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, Panorama City, Calif, and UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles.

Arch Neurol. 1989;46(8):922-924. doi:10.1001/archneur.1989.00520440118029

• William Shakespeare's 37 plays and poetry contain many references of interest for almost all of the medical specialties. To support that the Bard could be considered a Renaissance neurologist, the following important neurological phenomena have been selected from his repertoire for discussion: tremors, paralysis and stroke, sleep disturbances, epilepsy, dementia, encephalopathies, and the neurology of syphilis.

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