NATIONAL LIBRARY OF MEDICINE
History of Medicine Division Lecture
Tuesday, February 28, 2012, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Lister Hill Auditorium
NLM Building 38A
You are cordially invited to the next History of Medicine lecture, to be held Tuesday, February 28, 2012, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m., in Lister Hill Auditorium.
"Shrew Taming and Other Tales of the Four Humors"
Dr. Gail Kern Paster,
Folger Shakespeare Library
William Shakespeare is widely praised for creating the most recognizable characters in all of literature, yet he understood human behavior in the terms available to his age--the classical theory of the four humors of blood, phlegm, choler, and melancholy. These humors accounted for the health and actions of male and female, young and old, rich man and poor man. It was the darker emotions of anger and melancholy that preoccupied Shakespeare, especially as they appeared in the madness of Ophelia and the shrewish resistance of Katharine Minola to her female destiny of wifely submission.
This lecture is being held in conjunction with NLM's newest exhibit, "'And there's the humor of it' - Shakespeare and the four humors," a display, online exhibition, and traveling banner exhibition featuring treasures from NLM and the Folger Shakespeare Library
All are welcome.
Sign language interpretation is provided. Individuals with disabilities who need reasonable accommodation to participate may contact Stephen Greenberg at 301-435-4995, e-mail [log in to unmask], or the Federal Relay (1-800-877-8339).
NLM's History of Medicine Division
Jeffrey S. Reznick, PhD, Chief
Stephen J. Greenberg, MSLS, PhD
Coordinator of Public Services
History of Medicine Division
National Library of Medicine, NIH
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