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Medicine and magic in Elizabethan London : Simon Forman ; astrologer, alchemist, and physician

Author: Lauren Kassell
Publisher: Oxford : Clarendon, 2005.
Series: Oxford historical monographs.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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 the plague, was consulted thousands of times a year for medical and other questions, distilled strong waters made from beer, herbs,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
History
Named Person: Simon Forman; Simon Forman; Simon Forman; Simon Forman
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Lauren Kassell
ISBN: 9780199279050 0199279055
OCLC Number: 60416828
Awards: Winner of Shortlisted for The Whitfield Book Prize.
Description: xviii, 281 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: The making of an astrologer-physician. Early life and learning ; Astronomy, magic, and the mathematical practitioners of London ; How to write like a magus --
Plague and the College of Physicians of London. The College of Physicians and irregular medicine in London, c. 1580-1640 ; Plague and Paracelsianism --
The casebooks. How to read the casebooks ; Gender, authority, and astrology --
Alchemy, magic, and medicine. 'Of Cako', or the medical uses of antimony ; The food of angels ; Magic and medicine.
Series Title: Oxford historical monographs.
Responsibility: Lauren Kassell.
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Simon Forman (1552-1611) is one of London's most infamous astrologers. Whilst he was consulted thousands of times a year for medical and other questions he stood apart from the medical elite as he  Read more...

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