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Medicine and Magic in Elizabethan London


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Introduction Part 1: The Making of an Astrologer Physician 1: Early Life and Learning 2: Astronomy, Magic, and the Mathematical Practitioners of London 3: How to Write Like a Magus Part 2: Plague and the College of Physicians of London 4: The College of Physicians and Irregular Medicine c.1580-1640 5: Plague and Paracelsianism Part 3: The Casebooks 6: How to Read the Casebooks 7: Gender, Authority, and Astrology Part 4: Alchemy, Magic, and Medicine 8: 'Of Cako', or the Medical Uses of Antimony 9: The Food of Angels 10: Magic and Medicine Conclusion Bibliography Index


Kassell has succeeded in transcending Forman's eccentricities and reconstructing an image of the astrologer-physician of Lambeth worthy of consideration alongside renowned contemporaries like John Dee and William Lilly Celeste Chamberland, Magic, Ritual and Witchcraft The second, and best, book on Simon Forman to appear recently...its great strength is that it takes us through all the different aspects of Forman's work...and the mind of an uneducated but remarkable thinker John Henry, EHR Kassell's close study of Forman's writings, sensitivity to context, and wide familiarity with his sources and contemporaries has paid dividends with a rich sense of Forman's person and activities, and their relation to the world. Nicholas Clulee, Renaissance Quarterly Kassell has an unrivaled knowledge of this voluminous archieve, and her ability to disentangle its complexities, trace themes and make intelligent, perceptive judgements...has resulted in an excellent study. P.G. Maxwell-Stuart, Social history of Medicine This book offers new insights into the magical melieu of Elizabethan London. Michael Hunter, History a delight to read...This is an exceptional study, absorbing and solidly grounded. THES

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