Skip to comments.Doctors could learn from Shakespeare’s deep understanding of mind-body connection
Posted on 11/23/2011 7:58:28 PM PST by decimon
Body-conscious Shakespeare: Sensory disturbances in troubled characters
Shakespeare was a master at portraying profound emotional upset in the physical symptoms of his characters, and many modern day doctors would do well to study the Bard to better understand the mind-body connection, concludes an analysis of his works, published in Medical Humanities.
Kenneth Heaton, a medical doctor and extensively published author on William Shakespeare's oeuvre, systematically analysed 42 of the author's major works and 46 of those of his contemporaries, looking for evidence of psychosomatic symptoms.
He focused on sensory symptoms other than those relating to sight, taste, the heart, and the gut.
He found that Shakespeare's portrayal of symptoms such as dizziness/faintness, and blunted or heightened sensitivity to touch and pain in characters expressing profound emotions was significantly more common than in works by other authors of the time.
Vertigo/giddiness/dizziness is expressed by five male characters in "Taming of the Shrew", "Romeo and Juliet", "Henry VI" part 1, "Cymbeline" and "Troilus and Cressida". The nearest approximation in contemporaries' works was one incident in John Marston's "The Malcontent".
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Mind and bardy ping.
Just FYI, this isn’t from the BMJ. FWIW.
``To beat or not to beat, that is the heart of the question.``
How do you know?
That’s not an editorial but a press release. Do a web search on the title and you’ll find the very same release at sites other than Eurekalert.
Ah, okay. Press release for Medical Humanities.
Writers write and science catches up.
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Thanks decimon.There is thy gold, worse poison to men's souls, Doing more murders in this loathsome world, Than these poor compounds that thou mayst not sell. I sell thee poison; thou hast sold me none.Just adding to the catalog, not sending a general distribution.
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