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John Hall, Master of Physicke

An After Hours Event

An illustrated talk on the medical casebook of prominent physician John Hall

For our first After Hours event of the year we will be hosting an illustrated talk on the first complete Latin-English translation of the medical casebook of prominent physician John Hall, William Shakespeare’s son-in-law. Presented by Dr Paul Edmondson, head of research at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, and followed by a discussion with Dr Erin Sullivan, senior lecturer at The Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham.

The book details 178 of Hall's cases between 1611 and 1635 that he recorded in his original 131-page manuscript, modestly titled A Little Book of Cures. It includes treatments of people at all levels of society, including his own wife, Susanna, Shakespeare's eldest daughter, and his own daughter, Elizabeth.

John Hall
John Hall, Master of Physicke: A Casebook from Shakespeare’s Stratford

Copies of: John Hall, Master of Physicke: A Casebook from Shakespeare’s Stratford, translated and transcribed by the late Dr Greg Wells and edited by Dr Edmondson, will be on sale on the night. 

Picture in title shows an extract from John Hall’s medical casebook A Little Book of Cures 1622-1636. © The British Library Board


Booking is essential as spaces are limited.  

Tickets: £10 Adults/ £8 Concessions/ £8 Friends of the Trust 

Book online, at our ticket offices at any of Shakespeare's family homes, or call 01789 201806. 

Venue: Hall's Croft, Old Town, Stratford upon Avon.

All After Hours events are on the second Saturday of the month and run from 5.30-7.00 pm. 


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