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Speaking to the yet unknowing world: Hamlet, Horatio and the problem of imperfect witness

Phillips, C.


Every day doctors bear witness to others about the experiences, needs and feelings of their patients, drawing on what they have learnt from clinical consultations. This paper considers the medical task of bearing honourable and truthful witness through an examination of the role and actions of Horatio in Hamlet. Horatio is simultaneously located among the background machinery of the play, separate from the lives of the protagonists, and in the foreground, where his authoritative witness is...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2010
Type: Journal article
Source: Medical Humanities
DOI: 10.1136/jmh.2010.005579
Access Rights: Open Access


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