EMS World: London Royal Society of Medicine Exhibition

An exhibition at the Library of the Royal Society of Medicine to mark the 450th anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare

Most Wholesome Physic: Medicine in the Age of Shakespeare, 1564-1616.
An exhibition at the Library of the Royal Society of Medicine to mark the 450th anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare.

Tuesday 6 May 2014 until Saturday 26th July 2014.

Monday – Thursday: 9.00 – 21.00
Friday: 9.00 – 17.30
Saturday: 10.00 – 16.30
Admission free.  Open to all.

The Library,
Royal Society of Medicine
1 Wimpole Street
London W1G 0AE

William Shakespeare was born at Stratford-upon-Avon on 23 April 1564. This exhibition of books from the Library of the Royal Society of Medicine is intended to mark the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth. Almost all of the books on display were published in Shakespeare’s lifetime, and show many of the medical preoccupations of the age, liberally juxtaposed with quotations from the plays and poems. This was a great period for books published in the vernacular and therefore more accessible to a lay public, so much emphasis is given in this exhibition to works written in English, or translated into English.

Robert Greenwood
Heritage Officer
The Royal Society of Medicine Library
1 Wimpole Street
LONDON  W1G 0AE

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