Casebooks

A wonderful, mystical introduction to The Casebooks Project, which aims to make available the astrological records of Simon Forman and Richard Napier. Directed by Mr Binns for Beakus using archive print illustrations, the compelling black-and-white animation can also be seen here: magicandmedicine.hps.cam.ac.uk
“What is my disease? Am I pregnant? Will I die? These are the sorts of questions that thousands of people asked Simon Forman and Richard Napier, two of the most popular astrologers in early modern England. Through four busy decades, Forman and Napier recorded approximately 80,000 consultations. Their casebooks are one of the most extensive surviving sets of medical records in history. They provide a unique view of the lives of ordinary – and extraordinary – people four centuries ago.”

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