“And there’s the humor of it”: Shakespeare and the four humors
November 24, 2014 to January 2, 2015
3rd floor Gallery, Health Sciences Library
An exhibition developed and produced by the Exhibition Program at the National Library of Medicine and the Folger Shakespeare Library
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 understood to define peoples’ physical and mental health, and determined their personality, as well.
The language of the four humors pervades Shakespeare's plays and their influence is felt above all in a belief that emotional states are physically determined. Carried by the bloodstream, the four humors bred the core passions of anger, grief, hope, and fear—the emotions conveyed so powerfully in Shakespeare’s comedies and tragedies. Curator Gail Kern Paster explains “The four humors were an early typology for human personality. Shakespeare uses them, even as he transcends them, to create the vivid characters whose emotions continue to fascinate and delight us.”
Art from the University of Colorado Denver: January 7 – March 31, 2015
An exhibit of artwork created by faculty, staff and students of the University of Colorado Denver. There are many talented artists among the faculty, staff and students on our campuses. This juried exhibition is an opportunity for us to learn about our talented co-workers, teachers, and students.
View artwork from 2014 exhibit
Opening Doors: African American Academic Surgeons: Apr 13 – May 23, 2015
An exhibition developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine and The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture.
African Americans have always practiced medicine, whether as physicians, healers, midwives, or “root doctors.” The journey of the African American physician from pre-Civil War to modern day America has been a challenging one. Early black pioneer physicians not only became skilled practitioners, they became trailblazers and educators paving the way for future physicians, surgeons, and nurses, and opening doors to better health care for the African American community.
We celebrate the achievements of these pioneers in medicine by highlighting four contemporary pioneer African American surgeons and educators who exemplify excellence in their fields and believe in continuing the journey of excellence through the education and mentoring of young African Americans pursuing medical careers.
Mike Keye’s Woodcuts: July – Aug 2015