The Neurology in Shakespeare

Books of Shakespeare.

Enter the mind of the world famous writer

Lance Fogan

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Wednesday, August 12, 2020
Noon-1 p.m. EST

Did you ever wonder how William Shakespeare, with his documented brief grammar school education, is the most important writer in the English language?  Was this man from Stratford actually the author of the canon?

Enter Shakespeare's oceanic mind, said to be a mirror of all humanity, through a background of primitive practices in medical history. Learn how so many medical specialties identify with Shakespeare's accurate observations in their own practices from four centuries ago & how Shakespeare may have acquired his medical knowledge along with his precise knowledge of the worlds of law, archery, naval and military realms, the Bible, life in the Royal Court & in lowly street life. Finally we discover the neurological disease signs & symptoms indelible in your memories & you too will wonder who was this author & how did he/she do it?

About Lance Fogan
Lance is a native Buffalonian, now residing in Southern California since 1971. He majored in Anthropology/Linguistics at UB before moving to the medical school achieving his MD in 1965. As a third year medical student in 1964 he worked two and a half months with an Australian GP in a jungle mission hospital in Papua New Guinea, followed by a 6 week-around-the-world return home. Two weeks after receiving his MD he married; breast cancer of 31 years ended their 50 year marriage in 2015.

He served 1966-68 in the of the U. S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps as a Tuberculosis Control Officer assigned to the Oklahoma State Health Dept. and earned a Master of Public Health Degree while in Oklahoma. He was a neurology resident at Cleveland’s Case Western Reserve University Hospitals 1968-’71. From 1971 until 1997 Lance practiced clinical neurology and retired in 1997 as chief of service at a Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Southern California. Currently he teaches at the UCLA School of Medicine as Clinical Professor of Neurology.

Since 2000 he participated in a private weekly writing class in his mentor’s home in Los Angeles until now. He published DINGS, a medical-mystery novel that teaches epilepsy. One reader wrote: “Thank you for writing such a powerful book. I cried at the very first page.” He is searching for a producer for another project, his play, “And, Ain’t I a Woman?” The protagonist is a black Transgender woman describing her life story to her psychiatrist’s department (theater audience).

A life-long learner, he took night-course work at his local community college in the 1980’s in Shakespeare and literature. His paper, The Neurology in Shakespeare won the American Academy of Neurology History of Neurology Prize in 1988.

At 81 now, he enjoys his two adult daughters who live close by and his 20 and 17 year old grandsons. Lance has 4000 Twitter followers who log in to his monthly epilepsy blogs (see Staying fit in the gym when it re-opens after Covid-19, travel, and cooking keep him busy.

An administrator of his former medical group asked him to write on successful retirement for 23 years. Lance related his formula: “Live in the same house 48 years, drive only the third car in 49 years in Southern California weather and be married to the same adorable wife 50 years. That’s how you do it.”