In particular, the way Shakespeare represents the world from the point of view of others. Dr Jeffrey said: “It is remarkable that Shakespeare’s work remains relevant today.
“It seems he had the ability to anticipate our thoughts, especially in times of crisis.”
While doctors deal with death and illness on a daily basis, many people find it difficult to cope with it.
Getting medical students to read Shakespeare’s plays aloud would help create space for interpretation and reflection, Dr Jeffrey said.
The number of medical graduates in the UK has increased over the past 20 years, reaching 8,730 students in 2019.
Dr Jeffrey added: “The creation of such a space for reflection is a central part of clinical practice and medical education.”
The results were published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine.
William Shakespeare, considered by many to be the world’s greatest playwright, is one of the most cited authors of all time.
During her lifetime between 1564 and 1616, the bard of Avon is said to have written at least 37 plays and collaborated on several others.
He also wrote four poems and a collection of sonnets, which was first published in 1609.