On Exhibit: And There’s the Humor of It: Shakespeare and the Four Humors

The Health Sciences Library is pleased to announce the opening of the National Library of Medicine’s traveling exhibit, And There’s the Humor of It: Shakespeare and the Four Humors, which will be on display around campus until November 23, 2015.

October 17th – October 29th: Basic Sciences Building Lobby
October 29th – November 13th: Medical Education Center Lobby
November 13th – November 19th: Skyline Lobby
November 19th- November 23rd: Basic Sciences Building Lobby



William Shakespeare (1564–1616) created characters that are among the richest and most humanly recognizable in all of literature. Yet Shakespeare understood human personality in the terms available to his age—that of the now-discarded theory of the four bodily humors—blood, bile, melancholy, and phlegm. These four humors were thought to define peoples‘ physical and mental health, and determined their personalities, as well.

Come and examine the intersection of medical theory and literature with this panel exhibition on loan from the National Library of Medicine.  For further reading, click here.