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Exhibit: And There's The Humor of It: Shakespeare and the Four Humors at Central

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Audience: Any Age

Categories: Exhibits/Displays

The now discarded theory of the four bodily humors-blood, bile, melancholy, and phlegm- pervades the plays of William Shakespeare (1564-1616). In his time, the four humors were understood to define peoples' physical and mental health, and determined their personality, as well. Carried by the bloodstream, the four humors bred the core passions of anger, grief, hope, and fear-the emotions conveyed so powerfully in Shakespeare's comedies and tragedies. "And there's the humor of it": Shakespeare and the Four Humors explores the role played by the four humors in several of Shakespeare's most beloved plays through beautiful imagery and rare books from both the National Library of Medicine and the Folger Shakespeare Library, and examines more modern interpretations of the four humors in contemporary medicine. This exhibition was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health and the Folger Shakespeare Library.

Location: Main Street - Second Floor



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