Medicine and Magic in Elizabethan London: Simon Forman: Astrologer, Alchemist, and Physician

Paperback | March 1, 2007

byLauren Kassell

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Simon Forman (1552-1611) is one of London's most infamous astrologers. He stood apart from the medical elite because he was not formally educated and because he represented, and boldly asserted, medical ideas that were antithetical to those held by most learned physicians. He survived theplague, was consulted thousands of times a year for medical and other questions, distilled strong waters made from beer, herbs, and sometimes chemical ingredients, pursued the philosopher's stone in experiments and ancient texts, and when he was fortunate spoke with angels. He wrote compulsively,documenting his life and protesting his expertise in thousands of pages of notes and treatises. This highly readable book provides the first full account of Forman's papers, makes sense of his notorious reputation, and vividly recovers the world of medicine and magic in Elizabethan London.

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Simon Forman (1552-1611) is one of London's most infamous astrologers. He stood apart from the medical elite because he was not formally educated and because he represented, and boldly asserted, medical ideas that were antithetical to those held by most learned physicians. He survived theplague, was consulted thousands of times a year ...

Lauren Kassell is a University Lecturer in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of Pembroke College.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:300 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.59 inPublished:March 1, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199215278

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart 1: The Making of an Astrologer Physician1. Early Life and Learning2. Astronomy, Magic, and the Mathematical Practitioners of London3. How to Write Like a MagusPart 2: Plague and the College of Physicians of London4. The College of Physicians and Irregular Medicine c.1580-16405. Plague and ParacelsianismPart 3: The Casebooks6. How to Read the Casebooks7. Gender, Authority, and AstrologyPart 4: Alchemy, Magic, and Medicine8. 'Of Cako', or the Medical Uses of Antimony9. The Food of Angels10. Magic and MedicineConclusionBibliographyIndex

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