lABLEd Podcast History Lesson 6: Dr Samuel Johnson

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About the Episode

Alice Evans Daisy Holder & Lucy Wood, bring you another History Lesson as we profile people from history who lived, survived and thrived with a disability or chronic illness.

We take a deep dive into the life of Dr Samuel Johnson, poet, playwright and Lexicographer and is seen by many as the father of the modern Dictionary.

This episode looks at his work, and his rarely discussed health conditions.

References and Research

PDF overviews of Johnson’s various conditions: ‘A Medical Portrait’ from 1969

a 2003 article from the catalogue for an exhibition at Dr Johnson’s House in London, written by the former curator of our Lichfield Museum.

‘Dr Samuel Johnson’s Movement Disorder’ on Johnson’s neurodivergence

reception in his own life.‘Blinking Sam’ on Johnson’s vision

All research was undertaken in cooperation with Samuel Johnson’s Birthplace Museum, Lichfield Staffordshire

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