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Shakespeare and the Four Humors: Learn More


Selected Books on the Humors

Elizabethan Background

Ancient and Early Modern Medicine

Click the image to visit this online exhibit from the National Library of Medicine

Written in the 12th or 13th century, the Regimen Sanitatis Salernitanum was a very popular poem on matters of diet and health, well-regarded down through the 19th century. It speaks of the four humors on its later pages. Click the logo to read this work in English translation.

Castel of Health, by Thomas Elyot, 1541

Click the image to read this book on Internet Archive

The Optick Glasse of Humors, by Thomas Walkington, 1639

Click the image to read this book on Internet Archive

Find Articles

Find Articles

Click a link below to see all articles on Shakespeare and the humors in selected databases.

All of these resources can be accessed from off-campus, but you will need to enter your Multipass username and password in order to use them.


Click the image directly above to visit the National Library of Medicine's website accompanying the "'And there's the humor of it': Shakespeare and the four humors" poster exhibit.