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John Hall and His Patients: The Medical Practice of Shakespeare's Son-in-law [Paperback]

Joan Lane
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28 Feb 2001
John Hall, William Shakespeare's son-in-law, was an eminently successful Stratford physician of the first third of the 17th century. His surviving medical case notes for the years 1611-35 provide a rare picture of provincial medical practice in Stuart England as well as interesting details on persons close to Shakespeare. This new edition comprises a facsimile edition of an early printed version of Hall's Select Observations with facing commentary on patients and their treatments.
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  • Paperback: 430 pages
  • Publisher: Shakespeare Birthplace Trust (28 Feb 2001)
  • ISBN-10: 090420104X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0904201048
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 13.7 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,332,172 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a brilliant book, very informative and interesting. The only issue is that the authors are too deeply interested in trying to sort the genealogy of the patients out rather than concentrating on the medical aspects. I would have rather seen two or three paragraphs on the medical stuff and only one on the patient's genealogy rather than the other way around, but even so, it's an essential item for any medical re-enactor
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I not only had the pleasure to read this fine work of medical history (in a single sitting), but have heard the author speak publicly on this facinating aspect of seventeenth century history. I am not sure which I enjoyed more, but the medical explanations in the book were very useful for the non-medical reader (which I am). This sort of detailed historical research is a pleasure to read and certainly demonstrates Dr Lane's mastery of her subject matter.
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The Medical practice of Shakespeare's Son in Law is worth a look. While John Hal's methods may seem primitive there is evidence of a care for his patients and a genuine attempt on his part to find the cause for their aliments.
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