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Medicine and Magic in Elizabethan London

Simon Forman: Astrologer, Alchemist, and Physician

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Medicine and Magic in Elizabethan London by Lauren 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 the plague, was consulted thousands of times a year for medical and other questions, distilled strong waters made from beer, herbs, and sometimes chemical ingredients, pursed 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.
Release date NZ
April 7th, 2005
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
numerous halftones
Imprint
Clarendon Press
Pages
300
Dimensions
163x242x23
ISBN-13
9780199279050
Product ID
2248151

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