Publisher’s Weekly praised Dr. John J. Ross’s fascinating book, Shakespeare’s Tremor and Orwell’s Cough: The Medical Lives of Great Writers, writing that “English majors and medical students alike, not to mention laypeople of all stripes, will enjoy Ross’s first book, a speculative journey through the medical histories of 11 famed authors.” Kirkus Reviews praised the book as well, commenting that it was “especially recommended for readers who enjoy historical context with their great books.”