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Dr. Simon Forman: A Most Notorious Physician Simon Forman Was One Of The Most Extraordinary Personalities Of Elizabethan And Jacobean London.Charismatic, Volatile And Ambitious, He Was Doctor To The Giants Of The Theatre And His Playbook Contains The First Eye Witness Accounts Of Shakespeare S Plays Like Most Doctors He Was Also An Astrologer, Reading The Stars For All And Sundry.Constantly On The Fringes Of Great Events And Court Intrigues, His Name Has Been Linked With Sir Walter Raleigh S Mysterious Group, The School Of Night And With The Notorious Overbury Poisoning Case, In Which The Beautiful Countess Of Essex Was Accused Of Murder.Also Uncovered Is Forman S Private World, That Of A Compulsive Womaniser Who Kept A Coded Diary, Never Fully Deciphered Before, A Record Of Promiscuity As Colourful As The Journals Of Pepys And Boswell. 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A great companion to a book like William Lilly s Christian Anthology Christian Anthology gives you an insight into the what what exactly was it that astrologers did in the 16th 17th centuries Pretty much what astrologers do today as it turns out, in terms of the techniques and practice Dr Simon Forman a most notorious physician gives you insight into the how how did a man go about earning a living as an astrologer in Elizabethan England And you couldn t pick a colourful character around whom to illustrate such a history According to Judith Cook, Forman was a fantasist, in contrast to his sombre serious public persona, who invented his family history to include Lords and links to Scottish royalty Determined to become a medical practitioner, though lacking the means to gain the qualifications required to ease his passgae through the stringent criteria applied by the College of Physicians, he chose as mentor an astrologer Francis Cox also practised necromancy and magic, and was reputed to be a charlatan, an unwise choice perhaps Forman persevered and set up a thriving practice But time and time again he was arrested or fined, for practising with a licence He moved to London, to escape his principal persecutor one Giles Estcourt and proceeded to Simon Forman A Most Notorious Physician is written by Judith Cook who wrote a book I very much enjoyed about the community of writers in the 17th century called Roaring Boys.Simon Foreman was a physician in the late 17th century who practiced despite not having all the official training and none of the official paperwork He focused largely on astrological humoral causes of illness and largely proscribed changes in lifestyle, diet and various concoctions of herbs though sometimes it could become a little peculiar, like burnt dog mess He also slept with many of his patients, even after he had married We know all this because he kept a diary and detailed case notes There are definite links between the worlds of players and Dr Forman Both lived and worked south of the Thames, where they were safe from much of interference from the City of London Not only that, but Forman had many theatrical people in his casebooks, from actors, managers and even the woman who some, like Rowe propose to be Shakespeare s dark lady.What the book succeeds in doing, is paint a picture of the world and something of the character of Forman himself.Simon Forman is not portrayed simply as a cynical hack but an optimistic man with a fierce desire for knowledge He fought for knowledge his whole life, be Simon Foreman was a quack doctor living in London during Shakespeare s time Although constantly being arrested and penalised by the authorities for his unorthodox practices, which is quite amusing given how primitive normal Elizabethan medicine was , he believed in what he did and always managed to claw his way back He eventually became a successful and famous physician with a large clientele of often well known people, including one of the players in Shakespeare s company of actors, so he would undoubtedly have known the bard himself Foreman kept extensive and detailed notes and records about all his patients, as well as many journals The journals are famous for their explicit halek notes, halek being a code word for sex, in which he describes his many sexual encounters, often with female patients A fascinating read with plenty of anecdotes about the Elizabethan court as well as everyday life in London The m

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