ATG Quirkies: Cambridge Casebook Project opens a world of medical magic, astrology, and quackery

by | May 23, 2019 | 0 comments

Purges, angels and ‘pigeon slippers’: methods of Elizabethan quacks finally deciphered


Photograph: Bodleian Library

A Cambridge University research team has “transcribed the prolific case notes of self-taught doctor Simon Forman – who began career after reportedly curing his own plague” – and his protege Richard Napier. Thanks to their efforts transcriptions of Forman’s and Napier’s “500 favourite cases will become available online to lay readers.”


(Thanks, as always, to John Riley of Gabriel Books for providing ATG Quirkies) 

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