This wordpress blog is written and maintained by Jodie Austin (Ph.D), who currently works as an Assistant Professor of English at Menlo College.

This webpage contains my notes and thoughts on medical literature in the 17th century, with a specific focus on the plague.

Please note: many of the images I’ve chosen are not contemporary to Shakespeare; they have been chosen for reasons ranging from humor to artistic relevance; for the sake of keeping the writing in this blog fluid I’ve tried to jettison some of my usual formal restrictions concerning chronology, etc. (in terms of keeping everything consistent). If anything, my hope is that they will liven up a rather macabre subject while triggering other potentially more useful associations for myself and for other readers.




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