Portrayal of neurological illness and physicians in the works of shakespeare

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Abstract

William Shakespeare was arguably one of the most prolific writers of all time. The topics explored in his works include both physicians and neurological illnesses. In addition to a review of the portrayal of neurological diseases such as dementia, epilepsy, parkinsonism, and parasomnias, this article describes the roles of physicians in Shakespeare's plays. Furthermore, a novel hypothesis that King Lear, one of Shakespeare's more tragic figures, suffered from dementia with Lewy bodies is explored based on evidence from the dialogue of the drama.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationNeurological Disorders in Famous Artists - Part 3
PublisherS. Karger AG
Pages216-226
Number of pages11
Volume27
ISBN (Electronic)9783805593311
ISBN (Print)9783805593304
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Psychology(all)
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neuroscience(all)

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    Matthews, B. R. (2010). Portrayal of neurological illness and physicians in the works of shakespeare. In Neurological Disorders in Famous Artists - Part 3 (Vol. 27, pp. 216-226). S. Karger AG. https://doi.org/10.1159/000311204