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Progress in Pediatrics
March 1936


Author Affiliations

From the Department of Pediatrics, McGill University, and the Children's Memorial Hospital.

Am J Dis Child. 1936;51(3):653-665. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1936.01970150157013

The genius of William Shakespeare has depicted so many shades of human emotions and has dealt so vastly with almost every conceivable phase of human activity that it is not at all surprising that the man who knew human beings so perfectly should have known something of the medicine of his day. He apparently was an omnivorous reader, gifted with the capacity for absorbing and making use of all his available knowledge. An apt quotation can be found in Shakespeare's writings on almost any subject one cares to think about. His writings comprise a great philosophic and psychologic encyclopedia, ever inexhaustible and ever stimulating.

... it gave me present hunger To feed again, though full.1

Shakespeare's medical knowledge was not inconsiderable. He knew of the controversy between Paracelsus and the Galenic school; he was aware of the medical fads and quackeries of his day and was acquainted with many of