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He mentions malaria, then known as the Ague, in his play Henry the Fourth .

"Bootless home and in foul weather too. How 'scapes he ague i' the Devils name?"

He mentions syphilis, often called the French disease or the Neapolitan bone-ache, even more often, but often indirectly. It's one of a bunch of diseases mentioned by the foul-mouthed Thersites in Troilus and Cressida:

Why, his masculine whore. Now, the rotten diseases

of the south, the guts-griping, ruptures, catarrhs,

loads o' gravel i' the back, lethargies, cold

palsies, raw eyes, dirt-rotten livers, wheezing

lungs, bladders full of imposthume, sciaticas,

limekilns i' the palm, incurable bone-ache, and the

rivelled fee-simple of the tetter, take and take

again such preposterous discoveries!

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