Shakespeare's Ailment

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Thursday, 30 December 2010

Before he became a famous, nay ... a world renowned playwright, William Shakespeare climbed out of his bed with a really bad cough which he thought was something to do with the damp conditions in his half timbered house.

Nevertheless, he decided to go and see the local quack, even if it meant a course of leeches (taken externally, of course!).

By the time he got there, Shakespeare was coughing quite a lot and upon seeing the physician he asks: "TB or not TB, that is the question?"

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