Category Archives: Medicine in Shakespeare

Health Care plays a not insignificant role in Shakespeare’s plays. This ranges from obesity to good food, to digestion, indigestion, exercise or lack of it. Perhaps with good reason, Shakespeare displays a healthy skepticism towards the benefits of medicine as a whole. Of course we must keep in mind the limited scientific knowledge of the time. But common sense in medicine is a commodity that can be easily lost when medicine becomes the “health care industry”. Often medicine becomes a paradoxical denial of death – inducing the collective mind to forget that “All that lives must die, passing through nature to eternity.” Altogether the practitioner, whether or not in medicine will find some of the best Shakespeare quote on the subject.

Seven Ages of Man, take 3, the Lover

“… And then the lover, Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad, Made to his mistress’ eyebrow” (As You Like It, act 3, sc. 2)) Tips for use. Sighs and ballads dedicated to the mistress’ eyebrow are but two of … Continue reading

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Shakespeare on Ecofriendly Living According to Nature

 “And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, Sermons in stones, and good in every thing.” (As You Like It act 2, sc.1) Tips for use.  What better way to praise … Continue reading

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Shakespeare on the Improving Power of Time

“How many things by season season’d are To their right praise, and true perfection.” (Merchant of Venice act 5, sc. 1) Tips for Use.  Two possible applications. One, to justify the delay of a decision. “Give it time, how many … Continue reading

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Shakespeare and Remedies against Bad Breath

“And most dear actors, eat no onion, nor garlic, for we are to utter sweet breath.” (Midsummer Night’s Dream act 4, sc. 2) Tips for Use. You both are at dinner and the waiter suggests or praises a savory dish … Continue reading

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Shakespeare, Walking as a Mental-care Remedy

 “…a turn or two I’ll walk, To still my beating mind.” (Tempest act 4, sc. 1) Tips for Use. For many health-care seems a very modern development, possibly because “health-care” is associated with the term health-care industry. And making an … Continue reading

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Are Doctors Trustworthy?

“… trust not the physician; His antidotes are poison, and he slays More than you rob.” (TOA.4.3) How to Use.  A reliable example to indicate your general lack of confidence in modern medicine. In the play. Two robbers stumble upon … Continue reading

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