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From Shakespeare, Insights on Mind and Body

From Shakespeare, Insights on Mind and Body:

To better understand the mind-body connection, physicians are advised to go back in time 400 years and investigate the work of a playwright and poet.

Shakespeare was a master at portraying profound emotional upset in the physical symptoms of his characters. A study of his observations would inform many modern-day doctors, suggests Dr. Kenneth Heaton, himself a physician and extensively published author on Shakespeare’s work.

Heaton analyzed 42 of the author’s major works and 46 of those of his contemporaries, looking for evidence of psychosomatic symptoms in a paper published in Medical Humanities. He focused on sensory symptoms other than those relating to sight, taste, the heart, and the gut.

Source: BMJ-British Medical Journal

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By Terry Moore

Terry Moore, MSW, LICSW is an Independently Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private practice in Omaha, NE. He provides psychotherapy and pain management to adults, often utilizing Hypnosis. He is an Approved Training Consultant - through the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis [ASCH], the same body that issues his Certification in Hypnosis.