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Shakespeare's Tremor and Orwell's Cough: The Medical Lives of Famous Writers

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Staff Review: "Shakespeare's Tremor and Orwell's Cough: The Medical Lives of Famous Writers" by John J. Ross

★★★★★

Author John Ross' book takes a unique view of the lives of 12 American and British literary notables, examining their medical histories to see what impact various maladies had on their personal life and literary output. Along with Orwell and Shakespeare, Ross looks at Hawthorne, Melville, London, Yeats, Swift, Joyce, Milton and the Bronte family, describing the effects TB, VD, blindness, ulcers, dementia and drug abuse had on the various individuals. Part biography, part medical detective sleuthing, Ross' book is a great, illuminating read.

Audience: adults | Genre: nonfiction

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