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.

Shakespeare on Health-care and the Bad Effect of Sugars

“… a surfeit of the sweetest things The deepest loathing to the stomach brings.” (Midsummer Night’s Dream act 2, sc. 2) Comment. This site is not specifically targeting health, but it is worth pointing out that no expensive “discoveries” and … Continue reading

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Cheer up with a Shakespearean Cheer-up Quote

“… Cheer your heart; Be you not troubled with the time, which drives O’er your content these strong necessities; But let determined things to destiny Hold unbewail’d their way” (Antony and Cleopatra, act 3, sc. 6) Comments.  According to scientists … Continue reading

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Shakespeare on Cold Symptoms & Natural Remedies

 “Let me pour in some sack to the Thames water; for my belly’s as cold as if I had swallowed snowballs for pills to cool the reins.” (Merry Wives of Windsor, act 3, sc. 5) Comments.  The cold season is … Continue reading

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Shakespeare on the Natural Remedies and the Limits of Medicine

“The congregate college have concluded That labouring art can never ransom nature From her unaidable estate.” (All’s Well That Ends Well, act 2, sc. 1) Comments. It is commonly accepted that longevity is the product of modern medicine. Historical information … Continue reading

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Shakespeare on the Benefits of Wine, Laughter and a Sense of Humor

“…nor a man cannot make him laugh; but that’s no marvel, he drinks no wine.” (King Henry IV, part 1 act 4, sc. 3) Tips for Use. Comment on anyone impervious to humor or chide a first-time or born-again teetotaler. … Continue reading

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Shakespeare on Fresh Breath and Bad Breath Remedies if Needed

“The leaf of eglantine, whom not to slander, Out-sweetens not thy breath.” (Cymbeline, act 4, sc. 1) Tips for Use. Perfect answer if your better (or worse) half is concerned about her/his breath and queries you about it. Perhaps it … Continue reading

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Shakespeare on Aging Gracefully, Wine & Laughter as Medicines

“With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come, And let my liver rather heat with wine Than my heart cool with mortifying groans, Why should a man whose blood is warm within Sit like his grandsire cut in alabaster?” (Merchant … Continue reading

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Shakespeare on Health-Care, Natural Medicine, Alternative Medicine, Natural Remedy

 “Our foster-nurse of nature is repose, The which he lacks, that to provoke in him, Are many simples operative, whose power Will close the eye of anguish” (King Lear act 4, sc. 4) Tips for use.  A good line to … Continue reading

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Shakespeare, Diet, Problem with Sugar and Diabetes

“… The sweetest honey Is loathsome in his own deliciousness, And in the taste confounds the appetite (Romeo and Juliet act 2, sc. 6) Comments. This is for readers of this blog and website who may have a weakness for … Continue reading

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Shakespeare on Sleep as a Health-Care Remedy Take 2

Sleep that knits up the ravell’d sleeve of care, The death of each day’s life, sole labour’s bath, Balm of hurt minds, Great nature’s second course, Chief nourisher in life’s feast.” (Macbeth act 2, sc. 2) Tips for use. An … Continue reading

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