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Re: "Doctors"
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.0108  Wednesday, 19 January 2000.

[1]     From:   David Kathman <
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        Date:   Monday, 17 Jan 2000 09:43:46 -0600
        Subj:   Re: SHK 11.0097 Re: "Doctors"

[2]     From:   David Glassco <
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        Date:   Monday, 17 Jan 2000 10:58:07 -0500 (EST)
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From:           David Kathman <
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Date:           Monday, 17 Jan 2000 09:43:46 -0600
Subject: 11.0097 Re: "Doctors"
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.0097 Re: "Doctors"

John Briggs wrote:

>Perhaps I might rudely drag this thread back on topic?  Does anyone know
>if Shakespeare's son-in-law, the Stratford physician John Hall, actually
>had a doctorate?  He was a university man (MA Cambridge), so it is quite
>possible that he had an MD, but none of my reference works is able to
>answer this question.

There is no record of John Hall receiving a medical degree in England,
though as you say he went to Cambridge (B.A. 1594, M.A. 1597).  He may
have received medical training on the Continent, since the editor of
Hall's Select Observations on English Bodies (published posthumously)
noted that he had been "a Traveller acquainted with the French tongue".
Hall's father William had been a physician, and in his will (made in
1607) William bequeathed "all my bookes of physicke" to John, suggesting
that John may have been a practicing physician by then.  (That was the
same year John married Susanna Shakespeare.)

Dave Kathman

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Date:           Monday, 17 Jan 2000 10:58:07 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 11.0097 Re: "Doctors"
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.0097 Re: "Doctors"

Would Yvonne Bruce tell us what Miss Manners says?

David Glassco
 

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