Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Addie Hilliard, George McCelvey, Willson Wood

Degree Program

Department of English

Degree Type

Master of Arts


An effort is made in this study to consider the important factors in the field of medicine that are repeatedly referred to in Shakespeare's plays: practitioners, diseases and infirmities, drugs and herbs, physiological processes of the body, and mental disturbances and psychological therapy. The purpose is to examine these extensive references to medical matters in the dramatist's comedies, tragedies, and histories and to show his profound knowledge in the field. Special emphasis is placed on the accuracy of his portrayals in depicting the true practice of medicine in the Elizabethan Age and his far-reaching vision in anticipating medical theories of later years.


Arts and Humanities | English Language and Literature | Literature in English, British Isles