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in by plots and characters; besides these, his mighty mind seems to bave teemed with the knowledge of languages, medicine, law and court etiquette. It is wonderful that one brain could shine forth such a vast variety, and surprising that he has even gone into the minutiæ of the different avenues of learning through which he has stridden. Shakespeare paid considerable attention to medicine, and has furnished some of the finest specimens of the medical character that have ever been drawn by any writer. His Cerimon, in Pericles, is a most noble one. He speaks for himself:
'Tis known, I ever
Act III., Sc. II.
And others speak of him:
Hundreds call themselves
Act III., Sc. II.
Dowden says, “Cerimon, who is master of the secrets of nature, who is liberal in his ‘learned charity,' who held it ever
'Virtue and cunning were endowments greater
is like a first study of Prospero ;" while Furnivall thinks that he represents to some extent the famous Stratford physician, Dr. John Hall, who married Shakespeare's eldest daughter Susanna.
What an excellent physician was Gerard de Narbon, Helena's father, who is referred to in All's Well :
This young gentlewoman had a father, whose skill was almost as great as his honesty ; had it stretched so far, would have made Nature immortal, and death should have play for lack of work. Would, for the king's sake, he were living! I think it would be the death of the king's disease. He was famous, sir, in his profession, and it was his right to be so. The king * spoke of him admiringly and mournfully: he was skillful enough to have lived still, if knowledge could be set up against mortality.
Act I., Sc. I.
the rest have worn me out
Act. I., Sc. II.
My father's skill, which was the greatest of his profession.
Act I., Sc. III.
Another worthy physician is to be found in Cymbeline. Cornelius argues with the queen against her designs, and failing in this he completely thwarts her murderous intentions by giving ber a false compound.
Queen. Now, master doctor, have you brought those drugs?
I beseech your grace, without offence,
I do suspect you, madame;
I do not like her. She doth think she has
but there is
Act I., Sc. V.
Act V., Sc. V.
Macbeth supplies us with a wise member of the profession, who, at a time when charlatans without number were promising to cure every malady, sees clearly that Lady Macbeth's disease is beyond his power, and so informs Macbeth. This disease is beyond my practice: