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
Pages (from-to)216-226
Number of pages11
JournalFrontiers of Neurology and Neuroscience
Volume27
DOIs
StatePublished - 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neuroscience(all)

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