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